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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PopSugar October 2016 Must Have Box*

reinvention - warm - cozy - snuggly - inspiration - happy

The October Must Have Box by PopSugar is my new favorite box! It's filled with goodies that definitely helps the atmosphere around here at home feel more like Fall despite of the warm temperature we've had lately.

PopSugar founder, Lisa Sugar published her own memoir, Power Your Happy - which was released to the public just last month and based off the buzzing press release I've seen on social media, it's a huge hit! I'm really looking forward to curling up on the couch and reading her memoir with my new Morning Culture Rise & Shine Diner Mug filled with My Cup of Cocoa Dark Chocolate in hand. 

There are some days when I trust what my weather app is telling me and there are times when my weather doesn't tell me the truth about rainy days. The Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella is perfect to keep in my bag or car to keep me from second-guessing! 

I'm a huge fan of the Makeup Eraser! It's this pretty pink magical towel that removes your makeup with just water! I have the full sized one and am glad to have a mini one to keep in my travel bag. The Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen has an intense formula that glides on smoothly and lasts up to 16 hours. It's a great drugstore makeup product if you're looking for something budget-friendly! Last but not least is the Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil & Bubble Bath - the brown sugar scent is a deliciously warm inviting scent which I find perfect for fall! Use it as a shower oil or bubble bath, either way you're going to come out of the tub with soft silky skin!

The PopSugar Must Have subscription box sends you full-sized surprises each month valuing over $100+ for just $39.95 (U.S.D.) a month! If you would like to sign up, use code SHOP5 (which never expires) to redeem $5 off your FIRST Must Have Box!

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*Subscription was sent to me by PopSugar, however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Prenatal Skincare with Mustela [Pregnancy Edition]*

Did you know that not only Mustela have products to take care of your baby but also Moms too? Mustela has provided trusting products to babies, children, and Mothers for over 60 years. With my firstborn, I used a few different Mustela baby products and have been a fan since!

In my first pregnancy, I was so worried about taking care of the precious package growing inside of me that I didn't think very much on taking care of my own personal needs as far as skincare was concerned. However, in my previous experience, everything was more easy-going compare to my pregnancy now.

Mustela kindly sent me a care package to remind me to take care of myself this time around!

The ingredients in the entire Mustela Maternity line are of natural origin and free of parabens (preserverative), phthalates (group of chemicals to make plastic), and phenoxyethanol (germicidal). The products are also hypoallergenic and tested under dermatological, gynecological, and pediatric control.

Once I found out that I was pregnant, I immediately took care of moisturizing my stomach to help prepare it for growing in the upcoming months. While the belly (and other areas of your body) is growing during pregnancy, some women may or may not get stretch marks. Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin when your belly expands.

I broke down the package into two parts - one part I'm going to cover now and the second part (postpartum) I'll share with you my thoughts on the products then.

Prenatal Care

Hello from the Bump! :)

To keep your skin hydrated and minimize the appearance of stretch marks, Mustela has two different types of products you can use.

Mustela Maternity Stretch Marks Prevention Cream ($46 / 8.45 fl. oz.)

The Stretch Marks Prevention Cream contains four key ingredients to help prevent the appearance of stretch marks:
  • Avocado Peptides: Promotes suppleness, eases tightness, and brings elasticity to the skin.
  • Arabinogalactan: Activates elastin fibers and promotes collagen to prevent the formation of stretch marks.
  • Beeswax and Shea Butter: Hydrates and nourishes the skin.

Mustela Maternity Stretch Marks Prevention Oil ($30 / 3.54 fl. oz.)

Avocado oil, pomegranate oil, musk rose oil, baobab, and lupeol are the key ingredients in making the Stretch Marks Prevention Oil. It has a light, delicate floral fragrance with notes of Rose, Bergamont, and Plum. I really like the spray nozzle which allows for an easy application!

Mustela Maternity Stretch Marks Recovery Serum ($42 / 2.53 fl. oz.)

I was going to save the Stretch Marks Recovery Serum for Postpartum Care but decided to take extra precaution and use it now too since I noticed some slight dark lines on the sides of my stomach. What I really love about this serum is the fine nozzle applicator to make sure 1) I'm not wasting product and 2) I am targeting the areas that I feel needs this serum most. 

The Stretch Marks Recovery Serum contains avocado peptides (helps relieve sensations of tightness, reinforces skin elasticity), elastoregulator®  (helps to improve skin's elasticity), and micro-nutrients (help replenish the skin to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks).

I've been really enjoying both of the Prevention Cream and Oil and Recovery Serum! I'm a little over 7 months into my pregnancy now, the horrible itching I dealt with a month ago is gone - my growing tummy is well moisturized on a daily and the dark lines that looked like pre-stretch marks are very minimal.

We're a little over 2 months from Baby Girl's arrival and I look forward to sharing with you all my thoughts on the rest of the products come Postpartum!

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*Product was sent to me by PR however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.