Beauty Diary: Pregnancy Beauty Tips From Jessica Crescenzi, Founder of Beauty Guru NYC

During pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and let’s be honest, until your kids are in college, finding time for yourself as a mom or mom to be is not easy. But it’s so important. A beauty ritual is an exercise of self-love you can give yourself every day and night. And the good news…it can take less than ten minutes! I always start with skin care because if your skin is in good shape, you’ll need less makeup, which means less time in the mirror! Look below for a close-up at my beauty ritual and top pregnancy beauty tips:

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask ($75): Exfoliating is so imperative. It makes your skin instantly brighter and helps your products penetrate deeper, which means they’ll be more effective. My go-to product is the Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask. It’s suitable for any skin type. I recommend keeping this mask in your shower or apply is in the morning and leave it on while you make coffee, lunches, check emails – I like to call this multi-masking. This mask saves my skin during hormonal breakouts.

African Botanics Marula Oil Cleanser ($60): My favorite cleanser. It’s hydrating, cleans my skin without stripping, and gently exfoliates so it doesn’t feel like your typical oil cleaners.

Odacite Pure Elements ($55): Keeping your skin hydrated makes all the difference. When I feel like my current beauty ritual needs a swiftkick, I add a few drops of oil from Odcaite Pure Elements into my day and night creams. My preferred cocktails are Acai-Rose and Wild Carrot!

Sonya Dakar’s Hoya Nourishing Eye Treatment ($55): For under the eyes – Sonya Dakar’s Hoya Nourishing Eye Treatment is a godsend! It reduces inflammation, hydrates, and balance the skin around the eye area, and nourishes your lashes! At night, I put an eye cream on after this treatment.

RMS Concealer ($36): “un” Cover-up is a beloved product in my makeup bag. It looks so natural; it’s hydrating and gives the skin a natural glow. I use it around my eyes, nose and a bit on my cheeks.

Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara ($38): Mascara is also a quick way to look “awake.” Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara is lengthening and long-lasting.

Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere in Sheen ($39): One of my ta-da, I look like I woke up like this products and tips…use a highlighter. Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere in Sheen – a pearly pink, provides the perfect balance of color, shimmer, and glow to the face! I apply with a Beauty Blender Sponge along the tops of my cheekbones and down my nose. You can also add a few drops to your day cream for an all-over glow.

Ilia Lipstick ($26):A great lipstick can take years off your face. I’m obsessed with Illia Beauty Lipsticks. Two colors you’ll always find in my makeup bag are, Around The World (I believe is only available on and Perfect Day.

Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream ($19): And, last but not least, I can’t live without Nine Naturals Moisturizing (unscented) Body Cream. It’s rich but absorbes quickly and leaves my skin feeling hydrated all day. Quick tip…apply your body cream while your skin is still damp!

Jessica Crescenzi has been involved in many facets of the beauty industry. She started in the late nineties as a makeup artist working on photo shoots, runway shows, and television. After working on countless faces, she found that woman were looking to makeup as a way to look better, instead of focusing on the foundation-which is their skin! Jessica quickly became the “go to beauty girl,” for skin care product reviews and advice.

After consulting for beauty retailers and beauty brands, Jessica decided to open her own beauty haven. She handpicked only the finest natural skin care and beauty products, while also offering quick result driven treatments for her clients. Jessica launched an online beauty magazine “Beauty Guru NYC,” in October 2013. At Beauty Guru NYC, Jessica helps readers navigate the world of beauty and interviews brand creators and industry influencers. Find out more about Beauty Guru NYC and follow Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.