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Ah, the lovely third trimester. You know, when you go from having a cute belly bump to looking like you ate several of your unsuspecting neighbors for dinner. And are having trouble digesting them. I am now 31 weeks, which means I am neatly in this magical last window of pregnancy. I have nine more weeks to go till I hit my due date of end October, so it looked like in the meantime I would have to deal with the summer, being swollen 24/7, running around trying to get my pre-toddler to not injure himself for the zillionth time, AND feeling decidedly unsexy. This is when I decided that it was not fair that we hugely pregnant women are forced to feel like crap right before we undergo the most important, life-changing event one can possibly go through! So for those of you in the dreaded last trimester, fear not. I have actually found a recipe for feeling and looking gorgeous from months 7-9!

The first thing to do is: TAKE CARE OF YOUR FACE. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: you have pregnancy acne, you’re sweating all the time, you’re puffy and swollen from not getting enough sleep/fluid retention, etc. etc. BUT the thing is, with the right products, you can achieve that beautiful, lit-from-within glow that appears to be the sole domain of pregnant women. And lucky you, I have been through the trial and error required to find these very products!

Glowy Face Must-Haves:

#1. Bobbi Brown Apricot and Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact:

The Apricot Shimmer Brick Compact (top) from Bobbi Brown is truly magical. It gives you the perfect peachy-golden glow, much as the name implies. And for you girls who have a darker skin tone, the Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact (bottom) is a godsend! For those in the middle, like me, both of these have to be in your arsenal. I use them over my blush, and it’s like I’ve been sunkissed in all the right places. Whether you’re in your first trimester when you’re pale and green-faced from having been hunched over the toilet all night, or in your last, where you feel like you’ll never be thin again, this makeup item is the ultimate must-have. At $38, it can be pricey for some, but it has lasted me over 4 years now! The individual colors can also be used as eyeshadow, so I see it as a great investment. Besides, anything that can make you feel pretty when you’re pregnant is worth it, right?

#2. Becca Nefertiti Pressed Shimmer Powder

This is what Becca has to say about their Shimmer Powders:

A delicately fine shimmer powder that lights up the complexion, illuminating darkened areas and lackluster skin and creating a magical glow that seems to emanate from within.

Contains ultrafine particles of shimmer (mica) to deflect light and illuminate the skin, crating a natural, radiant look

Does not have a glittery finish and thus can be worn day or night

Suitable for all skin types

Being a powder, the finish is luminous (not shiny or greasy)

I have to agree with all of the above. While the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are great to give you a sunkissed or candlelit glow (depending on whether you use Apricot or Bronze), the Becca Nefertiti Shimmer Powder makes you look like you’re glowing with happiness. It’s really hard to describe, but suffice it to say, I have only seen my skin glow like that in one other situation and I am not permitted to say what situation that was on a G-rated blog! ;)

The price tag of $38 is comparable to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, and again, completely worth the price. I’ve had mine for about 5 years now, and I’ve barely grazed off the top at all.

#3. Nars Lip Gloss in Sweet Dreams or Sandpiper

I am a certifiable lip gloss junkie. I find previously-loved and then tossed aside tubes of lip gloss dating all the way back to 1997 in my bags all the time. But the one brand of lip gloss I have been in love with for all of my adult life is NARS. NARS lip glosses are different from other brands in that they are extremely soft, and feel delicious on your lips. They moisturize while at the same time kissing your lips with just the right amount of pigment. In my opinion, the two must-haves from NARS are Sweet Dreams (top) and Sandpiper (bottom). Sweet Dreams is described as pink gold with shimmer, and would be perfect for those with fair or fair-medium skin tones. Sandpiper is described as shimmering amber coral, and is perfect for those with medium and darker skin tones (like me). It should be noted that the shimmer in these is almost unnoticeable, unless you get realllllyyyy close to your lips. So they can definitely be worn with the shimmer bricks and shimmer powders mentioned above, without you and those around you having to go into shimmer-shock.

Feel free to make the glowy-face look your own by using your favorite face cream, foundation and blush in conjunction with these products! Happy Third Trimester!

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To inaugurate my very first post on Pretty, Witty and Functional, I will let you in on a pregnancy basic I cannot live without: black maternity clothes.

I recently bought this dress (yes, I realize it looks brown in the picture but it’s black, I swear!):

This dress:

And these cropped pants:

Why? Well, for several reasons. But first and foremost, because they are black. See, when I was pregnant with my son, I spent a few measly dollars on the maternity section on Ebay, looking for clothes that didn’t look too beaten up and that would fit me. The result? I ended up with quite a few hideous if-I-wore-that-I’m-pretty-sure-my-eyes-would-bleed-every-time-I-looked-at-myself pink floral skirt sets, a dress that made me look like a giant strawberry, and a seriously lagging self-esteem. Of course, that could’ve also been due to the almost-50-lb weight gain I experienced due to my disregard of all things healthy. Ahem, I digress.

So this time around, when I took the test and saw the little pink line, I decided that I would stay away from all things brightly-colored and all things with bows on them. The result has been me binge-shopping at Motherhood Maternity and Mimi Maternity. I’ve been buying things my size (the last time I ordered everything one size up, thinking I could get more use out of it… I spent about half my pregnancy with enough extra fabric hanging off my body to fit another hormonal pregnant woman into), and buying BLACK. It’s the perfect color for someone who has morphed into a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. Black is naturally slimming, doesn’t cry, “LOOK AT ME!!!” when you really don’t want people to, and makes one look generally svelte.

So I urge you, if you’re pregnant, buy black! And then come back and tell me how very haute you feel.

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