shannon + andy.

I absolutely love when makeup brings people from my past back into my life. 

Shannon and I met my freshman year of high school while I was on the song pom dance team and her a cheerleader. Of all the cheerleaders, she was the most welcoming to the dancers and a ball of fun! 

When Shannon contacted me for her wedding, I was elated! It is so much fun reconnecting with old friends. 

Right away, Shannon shared her struggles with me. Not only is she has the most extreme case of celiac I have ever heard of, but she is allergic to most ingredients in SPF and silicone. 

This did not scare me away whatsoever, and I did my research. 

Lots and lots of research. 

When a client comes to me with allergies or sensitivities I look up the ingredients in all of my products and have them bring their own makeup kit to their trial. For Shannon, I was so nervous that I was overly cautious and ended up being unhappy with the results. When this happens, I will offer my brides a second trial free of charge. 

And I am so glad I did. 

I was able to try additional products and tools. Luckily, there was no problem whatsoever. We were both over the moon with the final look. 

With their passion of super heroes, they chose a uniquely themed wedding and venue: Captain America at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California. 

I was most excited about the look Shannon chose. To stick with the super hero theme, she chose a bad ass woman to emulate: Agent Carter. A classic beauty from the 1940s. 

What really touched me about this day was Andy's love for Shannon. Of course Shannon gushed about her love to me, but it's when the bride's friends share their fondness of the groom that will often bring tears to my eye. 


Congratulations! You are creating a life! What a fun and exciting time for you. Did anyone mention all the lovely changes in your skin?

Probably not.

Some changes are happy surprises, some- not so much. Luckily, some of the unpleasant surprises can be prevented. I have done the research for you and will provide you with as much information and solutions as possible!

Melasma/Chloasma - aka. Mask of Pregnancy

Dark patches on the face caused by an increase in pigmentation. Occurs in nearly 50% of pregnant woman according to American Pregnancy.

What to do: wear a minimum of SPF 15 daily and reapply every two hours. I personally prefer a minimum SPF of 30. This is my favorite. Due to increased hormones, your skin is becoming extra sensitive and therefore will react more extremely to sun exposure. 

Pregnancy Glow

This is caused by an increase of blood flow and oil production. 

Yay blood flow, kind of yay to increase oil.

Oil is our body's natural moisturizer and anti aging cream, but it often brings along acne to the party. Make sure to avoid adding more oil to your skin. However, oil cleansers may still work for you. Much of skin care regardless of pregnancy is about trial and error. What may work for one person with similar symptoms may not work for you. Here you will find my favorite skin care. 

When it comes to getting rid of acne there is a two step fail proof process that I have found to work wonders. Leave it alone. Picking not only leaves scars, but can prolong the nasty unwanted guest. At night, apply Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on the affected areas. The spot will decrease by at least 50% over night. Apply until gone. 

Make sure to be diligent about your skin care and avoid touching your face as much as possible. If you find that your oil production and acne are on hyper drive, a visit to the dermatologist will be beneficial. 

Dry Skin

On the opposite end of the spectrum, many women experience very dry skin.

If my favorite skin care doesn't do enough to balance and hydrate your skin, try adding an oil before the moisturizer. Jojoba oil is a wonderful oil that absorbs well into the skin. Pixi also carries a Glow Mist that is simply beautiful.

Apply as much oil as needed for symptoms to subside. 

Ingredients to Avoid

According to Mother's Nature Network there is some skin care that can do more harm than good. I have provided you with the list. If you are interested in finding out more, you can click the link provided above.

  1. Retinoids
  2. Tetracycline
  3. Hydroquinone 
  4. Phthalates
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Toluene
  7. Ammonia
  8. Dihydroxyacetone
  9. Thioglycolic acid
  10. Botox

Fit Pregnancy lists the following.

  1. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate
  2. Beta hydroxy acids
  3. Chemical sunscreens
  4. Diethanolamine (DEA)
  5. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)
  6. Formaldehyde
  7. Hydroquinone
  8. Parabens
  9. Phthalates
  10. Retinol retinol alternatives.
  11. Thioglycolic acid
  12. Toluene

If you have more in depth questions, don't hesitate to comment or contact me! And congratulations again!

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