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by Debra Rubin-Roberts


   Now that I am six months pregnant and expecting my second girl at the end of November, I have maternity on the brain! So here's my take on the best of maternity beauty and style products.

Best Makeup Remover Pads

Kirkland Baby Wipes: Yes, you read this correctly! These wipes are super gentle and alcohol free, contain vitamin E, and are made from real cotton, making them the best makeup remover pads I have ever used, pregnant or not! Plus, you will need them for your newborn anyway. $15.49 for 704 count. Available at www.costco.com.

Best Face Cleanser

Basq's Rebalancing Facial Cleanser: Excellent if you experience breakouts during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This cleanser does double duty… it cleans and exfoliates yet is gentle and non-irritating. It contains micro exfoliators, rich emollients, ylang ylang and imported oak root extract to rebalance and refine the appearance of your skin. It has a calming scent (the natural ylang ylang) and can be used morning and night to clarify the skin and bring out that pregnancy glow! $34. Available at www.basqnyc.com.

Best Lip Balm

Erbaviva's Quease-Ease Lip Balm: This lip balm contains peppermint and ginger that naturally helps relieve that queasy pregnancy feeling while it hydrates and moisturizes dry lips. Especially great during the first trimester. $9. Available at www.erbaviva.com.

Best Body Moisturizer

Bella Mama's Belly Oil: Although this product is called "Belly Oil" I use it all over my body. It is mildly scented with high-quality pure essential oils of lavender and neroli, and absorbs quickly into the skin. It minimizes stretch marks and leaves skin feeling healthy and satiny-smooth. $15. Available at www.bellamama.com.

Best Stretch Mark Prevention Stick

Tummy Honey Stick by Bella B Natural Bodycare: This Stick helps maintains the skin's elasticity and moisture. It contains no water or petroleum and includes anti-itch ingredients to soothe those growing tummies. Tummy Honey Stick includes such key ingredients as cocoa butter, shea butter, Vitamins D and E, wheat germ oil, olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, almond oil, and aloe vera. Great as a travel skincare product, too. $17.99. Available at www.mothersintuition.com.

Best Maternity Fashion Accessory

The Bella Band by Ingrid and Isabelle: Think of this as a tube top for your expanding waistline. It helps you hold up regular jeans and pants (unzipped or unbuttoned) at the early pregnancy stages, any maternity pants that might be loose in the middle of pregnancy, and below-the-waist waistbands towards the end of your pregnancy (when you feel like nothing will fit). Select a Bella Band with or without lace trim and it looks like you are wearing a layered tee shirt under your clothes. This is a must-have for any pregnant woman! $26. Available at www.amazon.com.

Best Pregnancy Top

Glamourmom® Transition Nursing Bra Tank: A tank top with a nursing bra built right into it. This bra actually gives you real support and the top can be worn during pregnancy as your belly grows and after giving birth as a nursing top and while your belly shrinks. Wear it alone in the summer or layer it when the weather is cooler. An indispensable piece for any pregnant woman or nursing mother. $39. Available at www.Glamourmom.com.

   With all these beauty and style products, you can look fabulous and fashionable throughout your pregnancy and then some. Even if you are eating pickles and ice cream!

DEBRA RUBIN-ROBERTS is an award-winning makeup artist, and a New York City mom. After she gave birth to her daughter, she discovered she needed to shorten and simplify her daily beauty routine, leading her to create Mommy Makeup for Chic Moms on-the-go! For more info, go to www.mommymakeup.com or call 1-877-MOMMY-98.

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