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Beauty After Baby: Mamanista’s Best Beauty Buys and Favorite Products

I’ve never been a fan of Desperate Housewives, but my mother persuaded me to watch the season premiere with her. For the first time, I could identify with one of the characters. Gabby, the former model, now has two children and a matching frumpy mom-style. Her old frenemy Edie is shocked by her new appearance, leading to this classic exchange: Edie: “So Gabby, I have to ask: What the hell happened to you? Carlos might be blind, but the rest of us aren’t.” Gabby: “I had two children.” Edie: “For what? Breakfast?”

Um…ouch. But I think most moms can relate. Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and wondered what the hell happened to the old you? The one wearing dry-clean-only clothing with fabulous shoes, carrying a hip designer handbag in one manicured hand and a Blackberry in the other?  

Your former glamorous self isn’t gone forever. Even on a budget, there’s beauty after baby. Here are our favorite affordable products for head-to-toe beauty.

Find a babysitter: 

While running after your kids counts as exercise in my book, you still need some time to yourself to do things like get a haircut or go to the dentist. If you don’t have one already, you need to find a trustworthy babysitter. Candace and I have both used Sitterycity. You can find the perfect sitter today at using our exclusive coupon code MNISTA to save 10%! 


It can be hard for moms to find the time to get to the salon for a cut and color. Make your color last longer with John Frieda Color Glaze. This product costs less than $10, and it helps boost your color in between salon visits. After my first use, my hair was more shiny and looked a deeper, richer brown.

If you have long hair, it is tempting to pull it into a ponytail daily. I’m guilty of that. But my FHI Heat Platform Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron is like a magic wand– transforming bla-boring hair into smooth, shiny and bouncy hair.  It’s no surprise that its won tons of beauty awards. (Full review here.) After shopping around, I was able to find the Styling Iron for $119 at Normally it sells for close to $200.

But if the Styling Iron is out of your price range, you could try the FHI Heat Professional Brush Series ($19.99). Each brush has the same Nano-Fusion technology (tourmaline and nano-silver) as the styling iron, which means you can condition your hair  while blow-drying. (Available online at     


You probably don’t have the time or the extra cash to splurge on a spa facial right now. But you can still have glowing skin.

I’ve tried plenty of expensive products on my sensitive skin, but nothing works better than Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleansing Pads ($7.49).  These dual-textured cleansing pads are smooth on one side to remove makeup and textured on the other for gentle exfoliation. Many exfoliating products are too rough for sensitive skin, and many cleansing products dry your skin. But the natural soy in the Aveeno Cleansing Pads leaves your skin smooth and clean without drying or irritation.

Pregnancy can mess with even the most perfect complexion. But the Salicylic acid  found in most over-the-counter acne washes may cause birth defects, so many doctors recommend using an acne-wash with an alpha-hydroxy acid instead. Candace and I both used pregnancy safe anti-acne wash. Our fav was the Belli Acne Clearing Facial Wash ($18)icon.   (Full review here.)

At $60, the Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Skin Care Starter Kit is the most cost-effective way to try the Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom skincare products. You’ll get to try the Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Cream, Face Cleanser and (my favorite) Face Serum in the kit– an $82 value. These natural products help reduce fine lines and wrinkles while gently moisturizing sensitive skin. 

You may not be getting much sleep, but you don’t need to look sleep-deprived. I use Prescriptives Site Unseen Brightening Concealer (SPF 15)   to cover dark undereye circles. This product won an InStyle Best Beauty Buy Award for its ability to reduce fine lines and improve the overall appearance of undereye skin. (Full review here.)

Hands and Feet:

You’ll feel prettier with polished nails. We’ve found pregnancy-safe nail polish that’s Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP (aka phylate) free. (Full review here.) While I’m a fan of the Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish, I recently tried Peacekeeper Paint Me Grateful.  It’s also toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free. And at $10, it’s much cheaper than the Rescue Polish. Plus, all after-tax profits go to charity.

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile:

Origins Smileage Plus Liptint ($11)  softens your lips and has a hint of flattering color for all day wearability. This 95% organic lip tint is formulated with Organic Beeswax, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter and Organic Aloe Vera, plus an organic essential oil blend of Tangerine and Lime. No wonder it feels so great!

Go Smile AM and PM Toothpaste Kit ($30)  tastes great and polishes away stains (like tea and coffee) to keep your smile white.

Look Like a Hottie:

Mama Mio’s Boob Tube ($38):  Celebs like Jessica Alba  used Mama Mio’s award-winning bust cream during their pregnancies to keep things perky. Like a push-up bra in a cream, Boob Tube is rich in anti-oxidants and Omegas and helps your skin stay firm and elastic. $1 per Boob Tube sold during the month of October will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Enjoy free standard shipping with coupon code “freeship”. 

Don’t have time to do a million situps? Fake a toned tummy with the Yummie Tummie Hip Length Shapewear Tank, one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. You can find the Yummie Tummie at ($62-76).

The shapewear at will help you hide those last five pounds of baby weight. Figleaves isn’t selling Bridget Jones-esque grandma panties. The Spanx “Hide & Sleek Slip” (pictured here) slims without looking dowdy. It sells for $72 and is worth every penny. No wonder stars like Katie Holmes and Sienna Miller are also Spanx fans.


Want a chance to win the FHI Heat Platform SE (ARV: $195), which was voted the favorite flat iron in July 2008 by American Salon Magazine readers in the second annual Professional Choice Awards?

To enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2008 letting us know your favorite beauty tip.  If you want an additional entry, subscribe to Mamanista’s daily newsletter or monthly newsletter by November 30, 2008 (if you are already subscribed, you are set). (Open to U.S. residents only.)

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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349 Responses to "Beauty After Baby: Mamanista’s Best Beauty Buys and Favorite Products"

  1. Renee Turner says:

    To help with puffy eyes, use Preperation H cream under eyes

  2. Susan P says:

    a tiny bit of lotion in your hair to prevent flyaways!

  3. Beckie says:

    For a budget-friendly concealer trick, use the inside of your foundation cap to conceal.

    Great site.

    Thanks for the opp!

  4. Connie Coe says:

    baby oil in the shower to use daily all over.

  5. Connie Coe says:

    Old English from cleaning supplies to clean the shower walls door and floor to get the baby oil off.

  6. addrienne says:

    mix face lotion with foundation to have a smoth finish..thanx

  7. Kathryn Howell says:

    I use a tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 daily. It evens out my skin color and protects my face from the sun.

  8. Donna K says:

    Use a good moisturizing lotion daily.

  9. Donna K says:

    I am a subscriber.

  10. Jodi says:

    My favorite beauty tip is something simple that everyone can do, and that everyone has access to. Drink lots of water. It will keep your skin and hair looking great

  11. Rachel m. says:

    Drink plenty of water!

  12. Heather Hart says:

    I use baby oil in the shower before getting out and drying off.

  13. Tammy Greer says:

    I use Oil of Olay moisturizer on a daily basis and I love it. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  14. KristelH says:

    My favorite beauty product is Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer. Put it on under your eyeshadow and it will not crease!

  15. joanna Smith says:

    My favorite beauty tip is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money in order to use the best beauty products in the marketplace. I have tried so many facial cleansers and have spent hundreds of dollars in search of one that not only takes all of my makeup off thoroughly, but also works well with my skin. After spending tons of $$$ and trying so many different brands, my favorite and what I swear by is Olay Foaming Face Wash. It works great for all skin types, even if you have sensitive skin (like me) and/or tend to break out. It takes every stitch of makeup off my face easily and quickly and leaves my skin so soft afterwards. And the best news, it costs under $5.00 and if you are lucky like me, I find it on Sale often for $3.99. I stock up on it then! That is my best beauty tip and I hope it is useful to someone out there!

  16. Trisha Dowling says:

    lots of conditioner for my dry hair! (lots of flat ironing!)

  17. Helen says:

    Apply moisturizer after taking a shower/bath to lock in the moisture.

  18. tanya says:

    toothpaste on a zit overnight takes care of it

  19. Terra H says:

    I rinse my hair in cold water for added shine!

  20. Terra H says:

    I’m a subscriber!

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  30. Lily Kwan says:

    I stay well hydrated and drink plenty of fluids.

  31. camille says:

    Drink lots of water and don’t smoke.

  32. Gianna says:

    Wash your face in the morning and at night daily for smooth skin.

  33. DENISE says:

    Lay off the caffeine!

  34. Suanne Giddings says:

    Small amounts of EVOO are great on dry patches of skin! Thank you for the chance to win! HAPPY HOLIDAYS ONE AND ALL!!!

  35. Michelle H. says:

    You can use olive oil to remove your makeup and it also helps to treat dry skin.

  36. Peggy Gorman says:

    I love to moisturize my whole body with the correct products. I pay attention to my face ,hands and feet. I make sure the moisturizer has a sunscreen in it.
    Thanks for the wonderful contest

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  39. Aidan Webb says:

    i used jojoba oil on my oily acneic face and it is good for unblocking blackheads.~*

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