//NATURAL BEAUTY//

Alright guys.... Im about to be BRUTALLY honest.  For me, this pregnancy has been really really really hard.  Like, for the birds hard.  It took me years to get to a point in my life where i felt confident with my body, with my deflated but kinda bounced back breasts, my stretch marks around my belly button, wrinkles popping up all over the place, dark circles revealing how exhausted my schedule was making me, along with so many other things that with age, well... you just learn to embrace and accept as normal. 

Then... the blessing of baby number three 8 years after my youngest Hudson was born. You guys...WHOA. My body is doing things I didn't even know it could do. Maybe its hormones because I'm growing a little lady in there? Maybe it's age and suddenly when you hit 30 you suck at being pregnant?  I am utterly exhausted ALL.THE.TIME.  Wearing heels makes me want to cry ten minutes after putting them on.  My legs for the first time are sporting a nice shade of cottage cheese. My breasts have grown to a terrifying place of... just NO.  Lord help me when my milk comes in!!  I pull out my most comfy pair of sweats and wouldn't you know it... too tight.  I've cried... a lot.  I have even found myself gazing at this picture from our honeymoon just 7 months ago... envious of this woman, envious of her body and that margarita she was about to inhale.

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But you know... the more I feel this little life move around, the more I grow and the more time I spend in reflection of whats actually happening to me...I feel effing empowered.  I don't think when I was in my early 20's pregnant with the boys that I truly appreciated what was going on inside of me.  I knew that I loved those little boys immensely and that I loved being their momma... But I don't think I ever truly grasped the miracle that is pregnancy.   I'm growing a HUMAN you guys.  I have dreamt my entire life of what it would be like to raise a little girl.  To teach a little girl how to apply makeup, how to dance, how to sing and how to be a classy lady that others respect.  Would I want my daughter to be so concerned with her body and so wrapped up in EXTERNAL treasures?  Women all over the world beg, and pay millions of dollars to receive this miracle, and some are never able to feel the incredible feeling of a life moving and thriving inside of them.  I am living that miracle.

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So I recently had a conversation with myself...  A real, valid, honest conversation.  I realized that the things I do to take care of my mind, my body and my soul could be helping others achieve more peace.  One of those things is taking care of my skin, and taking those extra moments to give yourself little mini facials every day! 

Lets talk about skin care...  During pregnancy there are so many DON'TS... Don't use retinol, don't get botox, don't don't don't.  Here are the products I am currently using that are DEFINITE DO's and have helped me to recharge and pamper myself amidst the crazy emotions!  

//SKIN CARE//

The products below are like crack for pregnant women, or for tired skin in general. Here are a few of my current FAVS.  

My husband laughs at me every time he hears me massaging my face at night, cuz it feels THAT good.  hehe.

 

-AM ROUTINE-  

This body butter is LIFE.  I rub it on my tummy every morning!!  It has kept me moisturized and feeling like it just may keep those pesky stretch marks away, or at least not as noticeable in the end.  

This body butter is LIFE.  I rub it on my tummy every morning!!  It has kept me moisturized and feeling like it just may keep those pesky stretch marks away, or at least not as noticeable in the end.  

After cleansing and using my Clarisonic in the shower (if you don't have one, I highly suggest getting one), I use these peel pads right when I get out of the shower while my face is still a little damp.  They are incredible for removing any extra dirt that cleansing doesn't get, and for exfoliating your skin gently.  (think Noxema- but WAY better.). 

After cleansing and using my Clarisonic in the shower (if you don't have one, I highly suggest getting one), I use these peel pads right when I get out of the shower while my face is still a little damp.  They are incredible for removing any extra dirt that cleansing doesn't get, and for exfoliating your skin gently.  (think Noxema- but WAY better.). 

After using the peel pads, I have started using this serum during pregnancy to help with firming and tightening of the skin.  There are a ton of products that you CAN'T use while pregnant for firming the skin, but this one truly WORKS and is amazing.  I got mine on Amazon!  Link below.

After using the peel pads, I have started using this serum during pregnancy to help with firming and tightening of the skin.  There are a ton of products that you CAN'T use while pregnant for firming the skin, but this one truly WORKS and is amazing.  I got mine on Amazon!  Link below.

After massaging and pressing the firming liquid into my face and neck, I do the same thing with this tinted moisturizer.  I am SO happy with the coverage of this.  It smooths out the skin, has SPF 32, but still allows that dewey glow and not the cakey makeup look.  So amazing.  

After massaging and pressing the firming liquid into my face and neck, I do the same thing with this tinted moisturizer.  I am SO happy with the coverage of this.  It smooths out the skin, has SPF 32, but still allows that dewey glow and not the cakey makeup look.  So amazing.  

-PM ROUTINE-

Night time is my favorite time to escape, take care of myself in the midst of the quiet once the kiddos are in bed and pamper myself with these products.  

This balm is less of a cleanser feel, and has more of an oily texture.  I remember before using EVER, I wanted my skin to feel squeaky clean.  I found out that's actually REALLY bad for your skin.  I spend a few minutes massaging this balm all over my face and neck, ( even removes eye makeup ) and then wipe it clean with a wash cloth.  You guys... HEAVEN.  

This balm is less of a cleanser feel, and has more of an oily texture.  I remember before using EVER, I wanted my skin to feel squeaky clean.  I found out that's actually REALLY bad for your skin.  I spend a few minutes massaging this balm all over my face and neck, ( even removes eye makeup ) and then wipe it clean with a wash cloth.  You guys... HEAVEN.  

After using the cleansing balm, once a week I apply this overnight facial oil.  I did ask my OB if this was ok, considering it has a little retinol in it, and she said with it being only once a week, I am good!  This stuff is like gold in a bottle.  Helps minimize pores, gives me a glow and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  

After using the cleansing balm, once a week I apply this overnight facial oil.  I did ask my OB if this was ok, considering it has a little retinol in it, and she said with it being only once a week, I am good!  This stuff is like gold in a bottle.  Helps minimize pores, gives me a glow and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  

 

These products are just some of my favs currently while pregnant.  EVER and EMINENCE are both all natural and good for you ingredients that are absolutely safe for pregnancy and beyond- and truly WORK.  They also help you maintain the natural beauty everyone so desperately desires.  Embrace those freckles, love those wrinkles, but hydrate and care for your largest organ in your body!  Your skin!!! 

Most importantly,  I hope this helps you remember to take care of you, take time to pamper yourself, even if its only a few minutes out of the day.  These super simple, easy steps are one of the many things I do to stay sane and to keep feeling my best during such a crazy hormonal transition!!!  Give yourself some grace, put on a mask and read a book.  

Heres to beautiful skin, inside and out.  

xoxo 

Britnee 

Links to products: 

Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid, 1.2 Ounce

For tighter looking skin, our bamboo firming fluid is the answer. The strengthening agents of bamboo and coconut deeply hydrates, with the help of a natural retinol alternative and Swiss green apple stem cells.

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