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How Motherhood Changed my Makeup Purchasing Habits

Mascara. If I see a girl with natural lashes, I want to hand her a wand and lead her on a magical transformation that will change her entire face in one swoop. Makeup isn’t just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. At least in my world.

I’ve always been a makeup junkie. I’m a VIB insider at Sephora, in fact. My sensitive skin calls for delicate products that won’t irritate me. I can’t help it if the ingredients I need are in more luxurious brands! I had fun with makeup my whole life. But when I got pregnant, I had to realistically look at my finances and cut back expenses where appropriate.  My makeup routine had to be revised.

My must-have products pre-baby:

Laura Mercier primer (I used the mineral blend but it seems to be discontinued) $34.00

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Laura Mercier mineral foundation $39.00

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BareMinerals Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Concealer $19.00

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder $37.00

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NARS blush (shade: orgasim) $30

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Urban Decay Naked Palette eyeshadow $54.00

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara $24.00

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During my pregnancy:  

For most of my pregnancy, I didn’t even have energy to put on makeup. Luckily I work from home three days a week, so I could go makeup free. I decided to try out Neutrogena because it’s gentle on sensitive skin. I was pretty happy with everything except the blush. I need visibly cheery color on my cheeks and the Neutrogena blush was just too natural. The foundation worked good enough to wear to work, but I wouldn’t trust it for special occasions or photo opps. It didn’t have that full coverage I was used to. I guess Neutrogena is makeup for the natural woman, not the glam woman. Here’s what I used:

Neutrogena Shine Control Primer (rice protein) $12.99


Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Loose Powder Foundation $11.99

Neutrogena Shine Control Powder (rice protein) $11.99

Mascaras: I tried various drugstore brands and hated them all. I was extremely disappointed in Rimmel because every time I washed my face, the mascara became so watery that it made a mess all over my sink. Other mascara pet peeves? Flaking!

Mommyhood Makeup:

If there’s ever a time when you need to feel beautiful, it’s after you give birth. I’m still using Neutrogena in my day-to-day life, but Laura Mercier foundation is my go-to for special occasions.

Daily staples: NARS blush, Urban Decay eyeshadow, a mix of lip glosses and I am thrilled that my favorite mascara is back on the market:

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara $8.99


To sum it up,  my mom look is a lot more natural, but I won’t sacrifice my looks if it makes me feel great!  We give up so much of ourselves to be parents–happily– but we also need to take care of ourselves. It’s important!

This entry was posted in: beauty


Navigating life as a wife, mommy of two babies (Genevieve-3, Luca-infant) and two rescued fur-babies (Lulu and Gracey), and full-time public relations maven. I got divorced in my 20s and wrote a book about it (, have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets, taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds before she turned one, call soap operas as my guilty pleasure, and have a little rainbow baby boy who adores his sister. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at

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