Total BeautyLike the rest of the world, I'm on Kate Middleton bump watch 24/7. When the big news broke, I devoured every article I could find on the subject as if it she were my bestie, not a Royal I'll never meet.
Maybe it's because she and I are the same age, but under different circumstances I think Kate (I can call her Kate, right?) and I would be friends. And as a friend and beauty editor, I feel compelled to dole out some pregnancy beauty advice.
You probably already know a lot about Kate's beauty routine. From her favorite Bobbi Brown makeup to her Richard Ward blowouts, Yahoo! Shine tallied up the annual cost to more than $37,000 a year. That's a lot of primping -- and now she has to change just about all of it.
Hair: Skip the Hairspray and the Keratin Treatments
Kate is famous for her bouncy blowouts, and I would never dream of telling her to lay off -- but she should ask her stylist, Richard Ward, to skip the aerosol hairspray. It's easily inhaled and contains phthalates, which are potentially dangerous for a developing fetus. She'll also have to stop getting Keratin treatments -- manufacturers warn against it. Fortunately, she's already doing everything right with her hair color. Ward reportedly uses safe, organic color on Kate.
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Makeup: Go Natural
Kate reportedly loves Bobbi Brown -- and I think it's a fantastic line with a simple, pretty aesthetic that works well for her. However, most of those products use parabens as preservatives, which pose a potential risk for her baby-to-be. I think Kate should switch to something more natural.
Former model Josie Maran created her eponymous line after becoming pregnant. She couldn't find cosmetics that were non-toxic but worked as well as what she was used to from her modeling days. I think Kate would love Maran's argan oil-infused products -- the colors are subtle, and there's even a great gel eyeliner to replace Kate's beloved Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner.
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Skin Care: Ditch the Retinol
Kate reportedly uses Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 3 Spot Zapper, a skin care product that contains the anti-aging ingredient retinol. Sorry, Kate, it's got to go. Doctors say retinol is a big no-no when you're pregnant. She'll want to replace her Karin Herzog products with a gentler, natural line. I think she'd love Tata Harper -- it's pricey, but I bet she can find room in the royal budget.
Nails: Opt for a 3-Free Polish
Instead of going to the Jo Hansford Salon for bi-weekly manicures and pedicures, Kate should have someone do her nails in a well-ventilated room in the palace (fewer fumes) with a polish that doesn't contain formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. These chemicals have been linked to birth defects. Butter London makes 3-free polish, and is the obvious choice because of its name. The perfect shade? No More Waity, Katie.
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