Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Roll With the Punches

I am currently 13 weeks pregnant. My last pregnancy I had morning sickness, but I remember being able to function at work and simply being happy that I was pregnant. This pregnancy was also planned, but I sadly don’t feel as excited as before, and here’s why. 

I have been having extreme morning sickness. To put it simply, I am sick all the time and because of my sickness have lost weight and have an abundance of migraines. My midwife gave me the option of two different medications, and I was written a prescription for one of them. The other medication I wasn’t completely sold on because there’s controversy over the side effects. When I went to pick up my prescription, the pharmacist told me that it would cost me—after insurance—over $400.00. I was speechless. Upset, I told him, “No thanks, I’ll suffer.” I left and cried in my car. (I later learned that there was actually a mistake, and the prescription would have been $700.00.) 

I decided not to let my inability to get an affordable prescription ruin my pregnancy experience and livelihood, so I got proactive. I made an appointment with an acupuncturist, I’ve been seeing my chiropractor, and I’ve been making myself exercise again. The nurse at the clinic told me some safe over the counter medications I can take that will help, as well. (All alternative remedies together are less than that prescription, and not all are covered by my insurance.) 

This past week has been an improvement, and I think it's actually because I forced myself to exercise in an air conditioned environment. I tried exercising earlier in my pregnancy but it made me sick, and I recently realized that the heat and humidity of our Wisconsin summer could be contributing to me getting sick.

While I don’t feel like myself, I’m generally feeling better, and it’s not because my morning sickness is over or cured. It's actually because I’ve come to accept the fact that I might not ever feel wonderful during this pregnancy. I am grateful to have had an experience with minimal migraines and manageable morning sickness in the past, but as a mother and birth doula I'm well aware that each pregnancy is different, and each birthing experience is different, so until this baby is born I will roll with the punches.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Natural Beauty

One positive change impacting the productivity of my life is how I get ready in the morning. I have paired down my beauty products to those I view as necessities for a fresh and natural look. I’d like to mention that for special events, or simply when I feel like dressing up, I often add a little more to my look.

What’s changed since the last post? 

I announced my pregnancy with a fun graphic I made! My husband and I were glad to have received so many positive compliments, and we’re looking forward to what the future holds! I’ve been incredibly sick and as a result haven’t posted lately or done much of anything. Beauty-wise I decided to try a hint of gray in my hair. It’s a trend I couldn’t pass experimenting with, and I’m glad I did it! It's so fun.

My streak of gray started blue.
Baby #2 Announcement

Back to my naturally inspired beauty routine.

My typical daytime look from April, 2015.
This is what I use every day.


When showering, I use Aveda shampoo and conditioner but often switch what exact shampoo I use. I put my hair up in a towel for a little while, comb it out, and use a dab of Moroccan Oil for slight styling and sleek shine. I’ve been using Moroccan Oil since March, and from March to present my hair has become much softer and looks healthier. It was a good switch from the styling mousse I used to use. Although I miss the tighter curls mousse would hold, Moroccan Oil has proved to be better for my hair. I typically don’t use hairspray although I own some for when I’m styling my hair for a special event, going out, or Wisconsin’s dreadful winters.


I have rosacea and very dry skin, and with years of testing the only affordable moisturizer I know that works wonders on my face is Aveeno. I always—every day—put Aveeno on my face before anything else. After my moisturizer has dried, I use a little bit of CC cream and a small amount of translucent loose powder. I remember as a teen in the early 2000s caking on cover-up. I’m glad I have and am aware of more options today!


On a normal day I don’t typically apply eye shadow, and if I do I use earth tone colors. I like using the lightest earth tones on my brow bone, and I typically wear a honey or darker chestnut color in the far corners of my eyes to widen their appearance. For eyeliner, I use a combination of black and brown depending on my mood. If I put the eyeliner on my waterline, I like doing so towards the outside of my eyes to, again, widen their appearance. For mascara I have a favorite kind from the NYC brand, and I use MichellePhan’s application techniques for best results.


I don’t have to do much to take care of my eyebrows, and for that I’m thankful. I will get them waxed every once in a while, and I started filling them in very lightly with brown eyeliner. When I mean light, I meant light, and I know many makeup gurus would recommend using a brow pencil rather than an eyeliner pencil, but frankly for me it doesn’t seem to matter.

That's It!

That’s my entire routine! As previously mentioned, I am sure to spend more time getting ready if I have a special event, but my beauty routine has been shortened due to a combination of getting better at doing my makeup with time and having a list of other obligations. After my shower, it typically takes me 5 minutes to get ready or 15 minutes with different hair styling.

More Fun Info:

  • Michelle Phan has been my best makeup application teacher since I started following her in 2008.
  • I was inspired to simplify my beauty routine by a number of bloggers. Many of these bloggers have gone no-poo (without shampoo.) Although I support their efforts, I’m not interested in going without shampoo.
  • Chriselle Lim is a great stylist I enjoy following. She recently started blogging more about motherhood and maternity in the realm of style.