Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

10 Tips for New or Soon to Be Moms

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

10 Tips for New or Soon to Be MomsIf you are a new or soon to be mom, everyone, it seems, has advice for you. It seems like everyone knows what’s best for you and your little one, and you may or may not seem to be what others expect at this point. Here’s some good advice that I’ve culled from my own experience.

1. It’s okay to use formula instead of breast milk if you need to. It’s not possible for everyone to breast feed. If you’re having trouble breast feeding, it can be very frustrating for you and your little one. But even if you use formula, it’s still possible for your little one to thrive and to bond with you. It will be okay.

2. You can stay in the hospital longer than you think. When you’re in the hospital, everyone is at your service, and at home, things will be very different. Don’t be afraid to stay in the hospital and enjoy being waited on by nurses and having clean linens you don’t have to wash. You have time for other things later.

3. You have a baby, not a creature from another planet. You probably don’t need all the expensive unique baby stuff you think you do. What if you don’t need that extra changing table? What if you can just change your baby on the bed, or on the counter? Life will happen even if you don’t plan it out by spending money on it.

4. If people offer to babysit, take them up on it! So many people love newborns, so enjoy the time you have to shower, change, or cook a meal for yourself. When your little one is slightly older, the offers won’t be as forthcoming, so use what you can of your friends’ time while they offer to hold your bundle of joy.

5. If you have a boy, point his penis down. This will prevent leaky boy diapers. This may seem like a small thing, but it will be a wondrous change from having to change diapers every hour or so if you have a little boy on your hands. This is pretty obvious, actually.

6. You probably don’t need infant clothes. If you buy a few pieces, okay, but you don’t need too many. People will probably offer to give you a ton of these. And remember to keep the tags on. Your baby may not wear half of what you get at your shower, so you’ll want to be able to return items for good.

7. Clothes with tons of snaps or buttons are out, permanently. This is pretty much a waste of your time. You’ll try to use them over and over and continually be frustrated! Just stick with elastic, and you will be fine and able to change and feed more easily.

8. Be sure you keep spare diaper items with you always. You always want to have diapers, and wipes, and a change of baby clothes with you. You never know when your baby will have an accident, and though it takes getting used to, it’s a good practice to get into.

9. You are entitled to help. You’re now a mom, and there’s a mom club. If you need a few spare wipes when you’re at the park or daycare line, ask! If you share your child’s snack at the park, then you’ll be rewarded in good karma later. So don’t be afraid to vocalize your need. We’re all in this together anyway.

10. Have fun! It does go by so fast when you have a new one, and it is very tiring. If you ever have another one, you’ll wonder why you thought one was a lot. But don’t forget to appreciate the little things, and try to stay grounded with loved ones and neighbors to help out. Enjoy every precious minute of raising your little one.

Belli Cosmetics pampers women before and after pregnancy

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Belli Cosmetics pampers women before and after pregnancy

Belli products are designed to pamper, smooth and protect your skin and body. Each item is designed with pregnancy in mind and how it affects you over time. The formulas of the products are based upon medical studies to ensure that users always have peace of mind when using them before and after their due date. Belli incorporates ingredients from both nature and science to provide numerous benefits to consumers.

Additionally, the company doesn’t just specialize in items for pregnant women – Belli has product lines for post-pregnancy skin care and also offers pregnancy gifts. Some of the motherhood items available through Belli tackle tough issues such as slackened skin, under-eye circles and C-section scars. Best of all, every Belli product is allergy tested and contains no artificial dyes or preservatives for natural beauty.

Do you know how to maintain your beautiful skin during pregnancy?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Do you know how to maintain your beautiful skin during pregnancy?

Once you’re expecting, you’re going to notice several changes to your body, specifically a growing baby bump! As you begin to experience some of the many symptoms associated with pregnancy, you may not be motivated to spend much time on your skincare and makeup routines. However, there are a few tips you can take into account to make it easier to maintain your appearance throughout the nine months.

First, make sure you’re using a moisturizer that caters to your specific skin type. Whether you have oily skin or it’s unbearably dry, a nourishing product such as Belli – All Day Moisture Body Lotion can do wonders for keeping your body silky smooth.

Next, Discovery Health reports that it’s crucial to exfoliate weekly to keep your skin fresh and maintain that beautiful pregnancy glow. An exfoliator can remove dead skin cells that may dull your complexion.

Finally, don’t be afraid to go light on the makeup. If your changing hormones are resulting in breakouts, keep your pores clear of cosmetics that may clog your skin. By taking these tips into consideration, you can look flawless right up until your due date!

Three tips to beat out that busy mom look

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Three tips to beat out that busy mom lookIf you recently became a mom for the first time, you know how tough it can be to find time to put on liquid eyeliner, blush and lipstick in between taking care of your little one. However, there are a few tips you can take into account to look glamorous even while fulfilling your responsibilities as a mom.

1. Give your face a little shimmer. reports that giving yourself a glow can do wonders for your complexion, especially on days when you didntt get much sleep. Try the Too Faced Peach Leopard Brightening & Perfecting Bronzer.

2. Take care of your pout.
A little bit of lip gloss can go a long way! If you don't have time to perfect your lipstick before you head out the door, opt for an easy, moisturizing lip gloss to give your pout the TLC it deserves.

3. Spruce up your lashes.
Even if you don't have time to fuss over eyeliner, you can brush on a little mascara to do wonders for your overall appearance. Giving your lashes a little volume can help distract people from your tired eyes and make you look more like the super mom that you are.

Belli Skincare

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Belli Skincare products are safe for use during a pregnancy and while breastfeeding!Pregnancy and motherhood come with plenty of changes, from your mood to the measurement of your waistline to your sleep schedule. And if you don’t have the right skincare products to get you through this volatile time, you might end up with a complexion that’s not exactly showing off your pregnancy glow. But with Belli Skincare products from Beauty Bridge, you’re sure to beat those stretch marks, acne flare-ups and dry skin bouts that are caused by those pesky hormones.

Each Belli collection is allergy tested and free of artificial dyes, phthalates and paraben preservatives, so you’ll know you’re not harming your skin or your baby with each use! They’re also cruelty free and examined to make sure that you won’t pass on any dangerous chemicals to your baby through your breast milk. The results are clean, efficient and beneficial products that can nourish and hydrate your skin, as well as your baby’s.

Try the Belli – Stretchmark Minimizing Cream during your pregnancy to prevent those telltale marks from showing up on your growing bump, or use the Belli – Foot Relief Cream to soothe your tootsies after a long day of carrying around that extra baby weight. Once your bundle of joy arrives, take care of his or her skin with Belli – Baby Calm Me Hair & Body Wash and Belli – Baby Nourish Me Enriched Body Lotion. You won’t be able to resist caressing those cute little cheeks!

Sothys Slimming and Firming Collection

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Sothys Slimming and Firming Collection can tone up your body!As we age, we begin to lose the collagen and elastic tissue that make it easy for our skin to stretch, move and remain taut. As a result, we often end up with sagging skin and unsightly cellulite that causes embarrassment. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer with skin that’s slack. The Sothys Slimming and Firming Collection has five products that can deliver smoother, firmer results.

The Enhancer Body Serum is a 14-day treatment that reduces the appearance of cellulite in two weeks, using caffeine to tighten skin and speed up the fat-burning process. The Essential 24 Body Cream starts making a difference immediately upon application, stimulating fat breakdown and reducing the formation of fat molecules after meals, providing you with slimming effects for up to 30 days after treatment.

The Reshaping Cream is ideal for those who experienced changes in skin after a pregnancy or significant weight loss, reinforcing collagen and elastin levels, reducing fat storage and improving the appearance of cellulite. The Firming Body Cream follows up by giving your complexion a firmer, smoother and more toned surface, diminishing stretch marks and preventing them in the future. Finally, the Velvet Hand Cream delivers the nutrients necessary to protect your hands from the elements and strengthen fragile nails.

When used as a system, the Sothys Slimming and Firming Collection can leave you looking and feeling more toned in no time!

Lisa Loeb shares her secrets for maintaining a beauty routine during pregnancy

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Lisa Loeb shared her secrets for staying beautiful during pregnancy!Lisa Loeb, the talented singer, author and eyewear designer, is pregnant with her second child with husband Roey Hershkovitz. Although she’s due this month, we managed to get her answers to a few beauty related questions we have about pregnancy. Here’s what she had to say!

Congrats on the pregnancy! How have you been feeling?

I’ve been feeling pretty good, although now I’m in the 9th month, which I didn’t experience with my first child. I had my healthy daughter three and a half weeks early, so I haven’t experienced having such a large baby inside of my [belly], dropping lower and lower! I feel lucky to have been able to maintain my physical balance and basic agility too! Of course, I’m pretty tired, and have to take naps. [I] often wish I’d gone to sleep earlier than I do.

You’ve been glowing on the red carpet recently. Did you stick to a specific skin regimen these past eight months, and if so, did it differ from before your pregnancy?

My skin regimen has basically stayed the same – daily sunscreen on my face and body, with a little bottle of sunscreen in the car to constantly reapply to my hands and arms in this California sun, especially with all the hand washing. I’ve used Yon-Ka products for years – a creamy cleanser, an alcohol-free toner, daytime moisturizer, nighttime moisturizer and a few special moisturizers. Oh, and I also use Yon-Ka Gommage, which is a light facial peel done at home – and a mud masque, which I do once a week at home. I had a pregnancy facial once by Renee Rouleau – they say that pregnancy can change my skin, so I’m trying a few other products to soothe the skin and to exfoliate at home. I think rest and water help a lot too, [as well as] putting on makeup (but not too much). Having good lighting on the red carpet is always a plus!

Have you altered your makeup routine during this pregnancy? If so, how?

My makeup’s pretty much the same, but as I get older, I tend to wear less makeup, which actually looks more youthful. Daily, if I use makeup at all, which I try to, since it does make a difference in how I feel and how awake I look, I wear mascara, a tiny bit of eyeliner on the outside of the upper lid, a little eyebrow definer, a little cover-up under the eyes and on my nose, a little bit of translucent powder, pinkish blush and lip liner and lipstick or lip gloss. It’s actually pretty minimal and I can put it on in under seven minutes. For those red carpets, I wear more of the usual and then add more liner, bottom lash mascara and always false eyelashes – either a half band up top or individuals. It really opens up the eyes!

What advice would you give to moms-to-be who want to feel beautiful while expecting, but don’t exactly have the energy to spend more than a few minutes prepping each morning?

Get enough sleep! Get dressed when you wake up. Moisturize with a sunscreen moisturizer, do some kind of gentle exfoliation weekly, keep your brows well-shaped and your haircut and color in good shape. Some of these things you can do once every six weeks or so, and [they] make a huge difference. Also, buy clothes that fit you. I was wearing clothes from my first pregnancy and hand-me-downs from friends and family, but a couple of new, properly-fitting maternity shirts, shorts, leggings, bras, a nice sweater and a couple of casual dresses that can be dressed up with something as simple as a sparkly bracelet make life so much better.

What’s your #1 pregnancy beauty tip?

Sleep and keep moving!

Luxurious baby shower gifts

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Giver her a baby shower gift you know she'll love!If one of your friends or relatives is a mother-to-be, chances are you’ll be invited to a baby shower in the near future. While it’s a great time to get her all set up with things for the baby, you know everyone else will be giving plenty of bibs, bottles and baby clothing.

Instead, why not think of a gift that she can use all for herself? You know mom will be worrying about her beauty and skincare routine while she’s pregnant, which is why a gift basket full of bath and body products is a great idea.

Mama Mio has plenty of great kits available, like the Mama Mio – Congratulations Kit. It comes with a super rich shower cream, body cream and tummy rub, which will all pamper her skin and protect against stretch marks

Mama Mio – The Smoothie Spa-at-Home Kit is another great choice, which comes with everything she needs to give herself a luxurious spa treatment in the comfort of her own bathroom. She’ll feel radiant and relaxed, and there’s no doubt she’ll thank you for taking her well-being into account.

You don’t have to expect stretch marks when you’re expecting

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Keep your skin moisturized so it can stretch without leaving marks!At least half of pregnant women get stretch marks, but that doesn’t have to be you if you slowly gain no more weight than what experts recommend, which is around 30 pounds. At the same time, moisturizing your skin on a daily basis can also help prevent those pesky marks from appearing.

Stretch marks appear most often on your belly in the later stages of pregnancy, but some women also get them on their breasts, butt, thighs and hips. These annoying stripes are caused by changes in the elastic tissue underneath your skin. The rapid growth you experience during pregnancy strains it, creating pink, red, purple or brown marks that eventually fade to whitish colors but never actually disappear.

Moisturizing creams and oils can prevent your skin from itching as it stretches – these products can also make skin more elastic, which can prevent those dreaded marks from appearing. Ingredients found in products like those found in Mama Mio – BBB Kit keep your skin nourished and glowing during your pregnancy. A Tummy Rub, Wonder-full Balm, and Mama Mio – Boob Tube can strengthen the vitality of your skin cells and make your skin firmer, softer and more toned. Your growing skin will look radiant, and your post pregnancy body will appreciate your efforts!

Taking care of your skin, before and after pregnancy

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Prevent stretch marks.While being pregnant is a joyous time, it can also take a major toll on your body – and your skin. Your tummy is growing rapidly, which can cause irritation, stretch marks, red, raw skin and more. It’s important to take care of your sensitive skin both while you’re pregnant and after your baby is born to make sure you can get that bikini bod back quick once your little one arrives.

One of the biggest skin hazards of pregnancy is stretch marks. As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, your breasts and stomach can stretch and distort, leaving you with thick, red bans known as stretch marks. To keep this from occurring, apply a product like Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil or Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter to keep your skin supple and stretchy.

If you do wind up with stretch marks, don’t panic. Over time, the scars will fade to silvery-white, but to help them along you can try a little Mama Mio ZAP See-No-Scar. This product also works wonders on Cesarean section scars! Another brand you should try out is Exuviance Skin Care. Apart from products specifically designed to help you hide those stretch marks, they also offer products that reduce existing wrinkles.