Beauty Tips For Pregnant Mamas

Beauty Tips For Pregnant Mamas

By Carolyn Brundage

There’s a scene in the movie Knocked Up where Katherine Heigl sits atop Seth Rogen with tousled hair and heaving breasts (basically looking gorgeous) and declares, “I can’t do this!” And that, in a nutshell, is what it’s like to be a pregnant woman. You’re uncomfortable and insecure and the only thing you know for sure is that... you can't do this!

But while the next nine months will test your relationship with your significant other, your willpower and your nerves, not only will you be able to master this new-mom thing, you’ll do it with patience and panache.

I would know. I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant, and I’m here to help you get through the next nine months feeling great and looking incredible.

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Natural Soap We Love: Meiling Skincare

Natural Soap We Love: Meiling Skincare

By Pretty City Editors

You start your day with warm water (filtered, of course) with a squeeze of lemon. Breakfast is organic strawberries and greek yogurt, after breakfast, you brush your teeth... with Tom's, naturally,  Then, it's out the door with your travel water (filtered, of course), housed in your aluminum, with BPA-free lining, reusable water bottle.

We get it, you take good health seriously.  

But when's the last time you considered the ingredients in the watermelon scented shower gel you use or that anti-acne face wash you swear by morning and night?

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These Mother's Day Gifts Are Musts!

These Mother's Day Gifts Are Musts!

By PrettyCity Editors

Mother's Day is just days away and if you haven't gotten your Mom a gift yet, it's time to get your shop on. Immediately! There's  still time to get something shipped directly to Mom so you can skip the whole last-minute-digital-gift-card routine and, maybe even, make your mother believe that you've got this adulting concept covered. As if.

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2017’s Hottest Hair Color Trends: Balayage and Babylights

Hair.  Such a powerful four-letter word.  You have to admit…it’s the one thing we look at all day.  Whether it’s catching a glance in the mirror or a glimpse on the reflection of a cab door; we are always aware of our hair.

So much so that we touch it consistently, trying to poof, fluff, bounce, flounce, flatten, sleek, or curl.  Hair can make or break our attitude and determine how that new LBD really makes us feel.  It’s consistently "top of mind" and yet, always changing... like Kylie Jenner.

And speaking of change, two hair color trends that we are crushing on right now are Balayage and Babylights.  If you're ready for a new glow on those tired tresses, here's how Balayage and Babylights can light up your look... and your locks. 

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The Top 4 Ways To Prevent And Correct Stretch Marks

The Top 4 Ways To Prevent And Correct Stretch Marks

Ugh, stretch marks! We've got 'em... do you? 

Women of all ages, regardless of height, weight or even, whether or not they have children, are susceptible to stretch marks. Ultimately stretch marks come with pregnancy, puberty, and any other weight or muscle gain where the skin is stretched.

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery, shared with us the top four ways to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s the scoop...

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Fifty Shades of Darker Lipstick

Fifty Shades of Darker Lipstick

Everyone's abuzz about the kinky, sex-appeal of Fifty Shades Darker and we're over here thinking about what really turns us on... makeup! 

50 shades? That's nothing.. we've got more lipstick tricks than Christian has whips.

Darker? Why yes, we'd love to. Thanks for asking... and so, today, we're dishing about the deepest, darkest most flattering lipstick hues. How to wear 'em. where to get 'em and which ones have the most sex appeal. 

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Nail Polish, Not Poison.

Image via  StyleTraces

Image via StyleTraces

Glue. Embalming Fluid. Nail Polish.  One of these things is not like the others. Or is it?

Actually, all three substances typically contain formaldehyde, a colorless gas compound that is also a carcinogen, meaning that it causes cancerous cell growth.   And while it’s no secret that we place a premium on looking pretty, good health is a building block of great looks.  So, to skip the carcinogens but keep the manicures, we’ve rounded up a bevy of lacquers that are long lasting, lovely and formaldehyde-free.


Not only is Zoya Nail Polish formaldehyde-free, the collection offers hundreds of hues that go well beyond basics, like “Bevin” a dusty green with teal tones ($9 at Ulta) and “Charity” a faded mauve-purple with copper colored duochrome shimmer ($9 at Ulta).  The collection was created in 1984 when then-pregnant esthetician Zoya Reyzis foresaw the need for a nail polish free of harmful chemicals and carcinogens.  More than three decades later, the Zoya collection offers up high fashion hues with a healthy sensibility. 


Nubar's long-lasting, fast-drying nail polish collection is free of formaldehyde.  Those looking for carcinogen-free nail color will love Nubar’s hip hues such as “BOHO," an unconventional, free-spirited fringed rouge-rose that shows off layers & trails of subtle sparkles. Nubar nail lacquers are available online for $8.40 here.

Another of our favorite Nubar products is Nail Clear ($12.99), a nail mask for whitening nails and erasing stains sometimes left behind by harsher polishes. No need to soak nails, just brush on the mask and peel away. The key ingredient is grapefruit extract, an organic whitener that is also an effective antifungal.

Nail Tek

Citra III Formaldehyde Free by Nail Tek ($15 at Ulta) is an effective nail strengthener with a natural citrus-based alternative to formaldehyde. Citra is available in three formulas, one for healthy nails, one for soft, peeling nails and another for dry, brittle nails. We like to think of the collection as the cure for whatever ails your nails, all formaldehyde-free, of course.

Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips

Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips

Getting married is like preparing for a marathon. You start off excited and pumped up, and then the sheer size of this undertaking starts to weigh on you. Not to worry, with our tips on sporting picture perfect eyes and lips, you’re sure to win the trophy for chicest bride… and his heart.

Pucker Pretty

Soft, full lips are the ideal beginning (and ending) to a picture perfect wedding look. Lips that are Jolie-esque can be yours in four simple steps: Plump lips if needed, exfoliate, soften with a rich moisturizer and finish with a hue that complements your skin tone and your gown.

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Beat the Burn

Women who value great skin make applying sun protection a daily to-do, but in summer months we’re exposed to more sunshine than normal, meaning protecting skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays is a must.

We’ve got your guide to beating the heat, including an easy to read refresher course in sun protection and our roundup of the top sun protection products for the season.


There are two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the most insidious of the pair, they can get you almost anywhere because they travel through windows and even light clothing. UVA is less likely than UVB to cause sunburns, meaning that even though you may not know your skin is being damaged, it is. In fact, UVA rays damage the deeper layers of skin resulting in loss of collagen and elastin.

UVB rays stimulate the cell that produces melanin, the brown pigment that causes suntans and is actually your body’s attempt to defend against UV radiation. UVB rays are also the primary cause of sunburns as well as a myriad of skin cancers. Plus, UVB rays contribute to wrinkling and aging of the skin.

In order to truly protect your skin, chose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage, meaning skin is protected against UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends generously applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily, and re-applying every two hours, even on cloudy days.

Body Block

Everyone’s buzzin’ about physical sunblocks these days but what the heck are they? A physical sunblock contains ingredients that rest on the skin's surface and reflect away ultraviolet rays. Physical sunblocks cannot be absorbed into the skin and proponents say that this makes physical sunblocks safer than chemical sunscreens. Sunscreen contains chemicals that absorb UV rays before they damage the skin, while sunblocks contain particles that physically block UV rays from reaching the skin. And while sunscreen needs to be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure, sunblocks are effective the moment they are applied.

Many experts agree that physical sunblocks are most effective at blocking harmful UV rays, so for optimal protection choose a product that contains chemical sunscreens as well as physical sunblocks such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Product picks

We’ve tried and tested dozens of sunscreens/sunblocks and rounded up the top five in different price points for effectiveness, smell and appearance.

  • Not for the faint of budget, Kinerase’s Cream with SPF 30 is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation and includes 6% Titanium Dioxide and 7% Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate ($135 for 2.8 oz. at It goes on smoothly with an innocuous scent and promises to improve skin tone while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Needless to say, our skin didn’t burn after applying this pricey cream.
  • Perricone MD’s Solar protection Body with DMAE SPF 45 is a broad-spectrum, chemical-free, water-resistant sunscreen that features DMAE to firm and tone the body. We’re fans of the entire Perricone collection and, in particular, this product’s promise to protect and firm from head to toe; $48 for 4.2 oz. at
  • Soléo Organics is an all-natural, organically sourced, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 plus broad spectrum protection. The Soléo collection is biodegradable and never tested on animals; $24.99 for 2.6 oz. at
  • Burt's Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 sells for just $15 for 3.5 oz. and is available at most local drug stores as well as online at Boasting a high level of titanium dioxide (8.58%) and no chemical sunscreens, this sunscreen continues in the Burt’s Bees tradition of offering up natural and effective products priced right.
  • Walgreen’s ultra-affordable Sunblock with Zinc Oxide for Face, Nose & Ears offers up an SPF of 45 thanks in part to 6.86% Zinc Oxide. Plus, the greaseless formula goes on clear and odor free. The price is oh-so-right, just $4.99 for 2 oz. at Walgreens.