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Ask a Beauty Blogger Series Returns

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“Back in the day” I had a series called Ask a Beauty Blogger. Readers sent in questions they wanted my input on, and I answered with my info and product recommendations. I would also tap into my network of beauty experts to offer their opinions. I recently asked my email subscribers for their opinions/wish list post ideas (if you want to offer some input, the survey is here). I also asked if they would be interested in the return of the Ask a Beauty Blogger series. The answer was a pretty emphatic yes!

So, here’s your chance to ask a question! Just drop me a short note, I’ll answer and get a few beauty friends to chime in as well.

Ask your beauty question here



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I’m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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  1. 4.19.20
    Chelsea said:

    Wondering if like skincare there are certain ingredients in hair care that should be avoided while pregnant/breastfeeding or just the same? I’ve been using a clarifying shampoo and apple cider vinegar rinse. But wanted to make sure it is safe while breastfeeding? Specifically the R+Co brand product?

    ACV rinse:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Geranium Maculatum (Cranesbill) Extract, Polyacrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Methoxy PEG-16 Maleate/Styrene Sulfonate Copolymer, Silicone Quaternium-8, Benzophenone-4, Polyquaternium-70, Rapeseedamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Quaternium-96, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool

    Clarifying Shampoo:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Lauryl Glucoside, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alcohol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Chlorphenesin, Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool

    Thank you!

    • 4.19.20
      15mins said:

      I screen out the same ingredients for hair care as skincare. Both of these look fine

  2. 4.21.20
    Frida said:

    Hello!! I love your blog, it had helped me a lot!!
    I was wondering if the Love Locket Bath Bomb from Lush is pregnancy safe, here are the ingredients:

    Sodium Bicarbonate Citric Acid Geranium Oil Brazilian Orange Oil Tonka Absolute Cream of Tartar Water (Aqua) Cornflour Cornstarch Titanium Dioxide Sodium Coco Sulfate Propylene Glycol Cocamidopropyl Betaine Dipropylene Glycol Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Tin Oxide Amyl Cinnamal Benzyl Alcohol Citral *Limonene Perfume Colour 47005:1 Colour 45410:1 Colour 15510 Colour 45410 Colour 45380:2 Colour 19140 Colour 42090 Colour 17200

    Thank you so much!!
    Greeting from Mexico

    • 4.21.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  3. 4.21.20
    Maria said:

    Hi! Would you be able to review peoduxts from Nuxe, Bio Beauté by Nuxe and Lierac? These are all brands that i love but am afraid to use when pregnant. Thank you so much for this column!

    • 4.21.20
      15mins said:

      Just added them to my to do lisr!

      • 4.22.20
        Maria said:

        Great news! Can’t wait to see if i have to toss some products. Once again thank you for this column, it really is a life saver!

  4. 4.22.20
    Maria said:

    I have been hearing about ingestion of collagen but am suspicious if it really works and what would i really be ingesting. It probably isn’t safe during pregnancy but what about during nursing? Thank you for any input!

  5. 4.23.20
    Sami said:

    What a helpful blog! Thanks for this!!

  6. 4.23.20
    Michelle said:


    This has been a gold mine of information – thank you. I’m currently culling through all of my beauty products as I just found out I was pregnant! Have you looked into Hanacure products?

    Gelling solution:
    Water, Carbomer, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Hovenia Dulcis Fruit (Oriental Raisin Tree) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Paeonia Albiflora (Peony) Root Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Rhus Semilata Gall Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, p-Anisic Acid, Nicotinoyl Dipeptide-23, Nicotinoyl Dipeptide-22, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1.

    Lifting Serum Ingredients: Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Benincasa Cerifera Fruit Extract, Polyepsilon-Lysine.

    • 4.24.20
      15mins said:

      These are fine

  7. 4.24.20

    What would you tell someone considering Microblading?

  8. 4.24.20
    Brianna said:

    Hi! Your page has been SO helpful while trying to navigate these changes in my skin from pregnancy! Thank you so much for all your work that you put in for all of us! (: I did want to know if you were going to do Trilogy’s line? I was at Whole Foods looking for some products and I thought they had some good options but I wasn’t 100 percent sure on them being pregnancy safe. Let me know if I missed them on your site somewhere!

    • 4.24.20
      15mins said:

      I’ll add them to my list