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Hey, y’all! My name is Brooklyn White, and I’m a Louisiana-based freelance writer. 2018 has been the biggest year of my life, as I’ve spent it preparing for the birth of my first child. To celebrate my love of writing and beauty, I wanted to share my hair, skin, and makeup routine for my baby shower.

I have a basic regimen, and pregnancy didn’t alter it too much. Using oils, natural soaps, and playing up my features have been my thing for a few years. I worked in the wellness industry for a couple of months in 2016, and have been studying the ways of naturalists like Left Eye Lopes. However, for my baby shower, I wanted to make sure that my beauty routine was extra special.

Here’s how my day went.

Early morning thoughts

The morning of the shower, I woke up at 5:45 a.m. I eventually fell back asleep, but it wasn’t a good, deep sleep. It was the kind of sleep you get the night before the first day of school. I was jittery and kept having strange dreams. One of the things that made me anxious was the fact that I didn’t have a solidified beauty routine for my big day.

On a regular day, I wear my hair in a small, un-straightened bun, and my face is usually moisturized with shea butter. I’ll also throw on a lipgloss. At first, I wasn’t sure if my typical beauty routine would work for the shower. I had seen how glamorous mama Cardi looked at her baby shower, and I didn’t know if I could come close to that. Would I look too plain? Too casual? The agony was real. Eventually, I filed the polish off of my nails (since I couldn’t find any proper polish remover) and called my partner to tell him that I didn’t know what to do. He gave me the best advice and said, “Keep it simple.” So, I did.

Plus, I realized that comparing yourself to anyone isn’t helpful. So, stay away from that shit.

Noon—rise and grind!

I started the day with a multi-textured afro. Don’t get me wrong, I love my natural hair 100%, but it just couldn’t fly that day. Some of it looked like it had been straightened and then re-wet, while other sections were so curly that I couldn’t comb through them.

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I enlisted my grandma and younger sister to help me straighten it for the sake of consistency, and so I could get my dead ends clipped. It took about an hour. What can I say, ya girl has a thick mane. But I enjoyed the quality time I got to spend with the women in my immediate family.

After, I washed my face with water and a rag. Then, I sprayed the Heritage Store Rosewater Glycerin Spray ($10—thanks for the tip, Bre!). Rapper Princess Nokia put a lot of people on the rosewater trend, myself included. And while I used to make my own, my increasingly busy schedule pushed me to use the spray. I also added a bit of the Pranarom Tea Tree Oil (about $8) to the Heritage Spray for a more refreshed vibe.

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Next, I moisturized with Niu Body’s Glow Facial Serum ($30), and it made my skin look so good that I felt confident enough to skip my foundation. (Weeks prior to the shower, I prepped my skin with Niu Body’s Green Clay Mask, $15, and Pacifica’s Kale Charcoal Mask, ($13.19.) For the rest of my face, I used Kroger’s brand of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (about $8.49). Sometimes, the pregnancy glow needs a little help, ya know?

Sidenote: The bathroom where I was getting ready was hot and since I’m due veryyyy soon, I had to take a couple of breaks to focus on breathing. I think those small moments of meditation helped center me.

Once I was done with my face, I moved on to my eyes. My brows got the L.A. Colors treatment with the brand’s Eyeliner, Brow Pencil, and Sharpener Package ($.98—mama is frugal). I used the dark brown shade, as opposed to the black one, because I like that the brown pencil looks more natural on me. I didn’t fill them in too heavily because my eyebrows are naturally thin and I didn’t want to dramatically alter their natural shape.

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If I’m being #100, mascara is one of my least favorite makeup products. I love the effect, but I hate taking it off. (Does that make me lazy?) I tend to skip this step because of that tiny annoyance. However, the baby shower was a big deal, and I wanted to look, you know, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

For the doe-eyed look, I applied a few coats of the Wet-N-Wild MegaWear Mascara ($3.99) and topped it off with CoverGirl’s Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara ($4.49). This combo works best when you use a magnifying mirror so you can focus on each section of your eyelashes.

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To keep the simplicity and natural aspect of my look going, I went for a lipstick that was similar to my actual lip color. I had never heard of L.A. Girl until I wanted to snag a dark brown, matte lipstick for the cheap. I bought the shade Spicy ($5), and it turned out to be the perfect base. I then created an ever-so-slight ombré lip by applying the Absolute New York Ultra Lipstick in Stunning ($4.99). I lined my lips with RK by Kiss 24HR Eye Define Eyeliner in Brown ($3.28) and topped it off with Nika K’s Juicy Lip Shimmer ($1.99). This lip took some work, but it was worth it.

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For my eyes, I mixed the shadows First Date and Second Date from the Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette ($28). I applied it with my fingers, Pat McGrath style. I only put the shadow on my lids, though, because again, I didn’t want to look overdone.

My hair was a bit of a battle as far as the decision-making process went. I didn’t know what to do with it since it was straightened and chopped, and Louisiana’s humidity made it impossible to wear down. Instead, I opted for an updo that I’m sure I had seen my mom wear in the late ’90s, early 2000s. The products I used were Cantu’s Shea Butter Natural Leave-In Conditioning Cream ($5.99) and Cantu’s Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel ($3.99).

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2:30 p.m through 6 p.m.—It’s me, ya girl, socializing for hours on end.

After that, I got dressed and headed to the shower. On the way there, it started to rain and I wanted to scream. But since I’m the self-appointed queen of self-control, I kept my cool. Luckily, the rain stopped, and my hair and makeup still looked great (thank god). I was ready to party with my friends and family.

After I did some light supervision, my guests started to arrive. I began shoveling party food into my mouth since I hadn’t eaten (other than the chocolate cake I had for breakfast) and I was hungry. So even though my lipstick didn’t last forever, the memory of eating homemade strawberry shortcake will.

I laughed, talked, posed for pictures, peed a jillion times, and my face stayed put together. It was impressive.

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Midnight—time for sleep!

When it was all over, I pulled a stunt. My kiddo had gotten so many baby wipes from generous friends that I opened a pack of Parent’s Choice Wipes ($1.78) and used one as a makeup remover. Sorry, not sorry.

In conclusion, my daughter’s shower was one of the best days of my life. We surrounded her with loving energy and let her know that we’re beyond excited to meet her. I hope that she knows physical beauty is rad, but the truest beauty is a kind spirit.

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