Author: Melissa

The new Yes to Carrots line is a delight for the fragrance-free fans among us

Anything overly fragranced gives me an insta-headache so I am committed to finding the best fragrance-free beauty products. The chemicals in synthetic fragrances are known to cause some nasty allergic reactions; I’ve even had to change seats on the train to get away from strong perfumes so for me, strong scents are more than an annoyance. I know I’m not alone in the anti-scent camp, and I love the fact that now perennial fave Yes To Carrots is offering a new fragrance-free line.   The collection is made up of five new products to tackle every skincare need. I have always...

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To maternity and beyond: Fourth Love looks chic even after your 9 months are up.

The idea of a stylish maternity clothing line that still fits after your nine months are up is a relatively new thing. And a welcome one. While some creative (and super fit) moms can get away with buying their normal designer faves a few sizes up to compensate for their growing middle, it’s nice for the rest of us to find maternity clothes that actually grow–and un-grow–with your body. The new label Fourth Love enters this growing market (bad pun, I know) with a chic line that works on the way up and down. I’m skeptical at the thought of...

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Time to ditch the antibacterial hand soaps in favor of these 5 safe soaps for babies and kids.

If you’ve been following the recent news (and our own posts for the last few years), it  turns out that antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids they’ve claimed  to be. The FDA recently issued a statement saying that after 40 years of study, they’ve found no evidence that anti-bacterial agents, such as triclosan, are any more effective than regular soap and water in killing bacteria. Worse yet, triclosan and its like may be messing with our hormone levels and creating drug-resistant bacteria. Uh, no thanks!  While natural hand sanitizers are still a good option if soap isn’t...

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The best lip balms for those cold weather chapped lips (darn them).

Chapped and cracked lips are no fun. First of all, ouch. Secondly? They make your lip gloss and lipstick look terrible. Third of all, they’re no fun to kiss. So in the hopes of a smooth-lipped winter, I’ve been slathering on some great lip balms. I found promising pout savers, and the good news is, one of them is already in your pantry. Ilia Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator  This is a potent little stick of lip-sloughing goodness. It’s loaded with teeny granules of organic volcanic stone powder (sounds fancy, I know), shea butter, and sunflower seed oil. It only takes...

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Glow on: 3 natural skincare oils worth the splurge

Motherhood has definitely taken a toll on my skin–especially the chronic lack of sleep. Remember that gorgeous glow of youth? Sigh. Me too. Which is why I am such a huge fan of skincare oils. Ready to glow? Skincare oils hydrate and protect the skin amazingly well, without leaving it looking like you’ve just run a half-marathon. Oils also work great in conjunction with your anti-aging cream, as they help your skin absorb all of the cream’s beneficial ingredients. Now, the best skin oils contain pure essential oils with no fillers, which means the good ones don’t come cheap. But...

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4 of our fave makeup removers in every price range, whether you need to wipe off a little mascara or a whole vampire face.

Um, I’ve seen what I look like in the morning if I haven’t washed off my makeup…and it’s downright scary. So I’m always on the lookout for awesome (and affordable) makeup removers. Here are four of our faves–just in time for Halloween faces or even a game of “beauty parlor” with your kids–each a different price point. $$$ La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution This light, magical liquid contains something called micelles, which lift dirt and makeup off the skin with the sweep of a cotton ball. Unlike a toner or other alcohol-based removers, though, La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution doesn’t dry...

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Awesome food storage labels that won’t come off in the dishwasher

I have become a label whore. Nope, not designer jeans. I’m talking about the sticky variety. I’m using a different sticky name label for virtually every sippy cup, water bottle, food container and lunchbox for my two kids, and the bane of my existence has become scraping the yucky remnants off said items after putting them in the dishwasher. Luckily, the label gods have heard my cry and answered with these new dishwasher-safe labels from past CMP pick, Emily Press.   Besides the fact that the Write Your Own waterproof labels don’t wash off and are super easy to apply, I love...

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Unwanted dark spots? 2 great color correctors without the scary ingredients

My beauty dream would be to never have to wear foundation again. I would loooove to have perfectly even-toned skin, without a brown or red spot in sight. Sadly, that ship has sailed. I usually wear foundation and concealer to cover up unpleasant reminders of sun damage and past breakouts, and now I’ve found two great (and safe!) color corrector products in two different price ranges.   While there’s nothing quite like a visit to the derm for a laser treatment to fix uneven pigmentation issues (I’m a fan of Laser Genesis), these 2 over-the-counter fixes that actually do...

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Moisturize like you mean it: 3 of our favorite skin-soothers for fall

Helloooo, fall and winter skin. We meet again…sigh. It’s always around this time of year that my poor face starts to look–and feel–like it’s going to flake off completely. I’ve experimented with a ton of different products (and I mean a ton) to find the best skin hydrators. My must-have moisturizers of the moment? A drugstore bestie, an organic newbie, and a remake of an old fave. A chill in the air means time for some majorly hydrating moisturizers. I’ve learned from my dermatologist that the best ingredients to help the skin attract more water (and retain its water...

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Fall nail trends: Grey and pink are gorgeously in season

If the living is easy in the summertime, autumn calls for a bit more sophistication in the nail polish department. I’m pretty low-maintenance with my beauty routine, but in the fall I make a weekly effort with my manicure. And my favorite colors for the fall are as cozy as the sweaters we’re snuggling up in — a mix of dark, metallic and antique, in 3 shades of grey and gorgeous pink. Heavy metal manicure Deep down, I feel like a rocker chick. Sure, I live in the ‘burbs and do carpools, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rock...

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Chevrons: Yep, still in.

Winter is just around the corner whether we like it or not, and with the chilly weather comes all of those extra layers for baby (and the extra hours to get out the door!). When it comes to combining style with warmth for the littlest ones, no one does it better than 7 A.M. Enfant, easily the BMW of stroller blankets. And their newest offering injects some serious style into your baby’s winter getup. I love the new chevron-striped B212 Evolution stroller blanket and not just for its great looks. The original B212 Evolution won a stroller-blanket smackdown I did a few winters...

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3 of the best quick, before-school makeup tips from Bobbi Brown

It’s been two weeks since school started and to say that I’ve been leaving the house for drop-off looking halfway decent would be very generous. I haven’t quite figured out the whole three-minute beauty routine, so thankfully I have some tips and great products from Bobbi Brown to help me get it down.  I asked the talented Kim Soane, the director of global artistry at Bobbi Brown, for great beauty tips for women in a hurry. She’s a mom herself so she totally gets it. If you can only do three things, here are her busy morning pointers for...

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New photo gifts for kids: The ultimate vanity project. Not that that’s a bad thing.

My kids love nothing more than looking at photos of themselves. In fact, if I’m hard pressed to find something to amuse them in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the train, my go-to source is the camera roll on my iPad. Now if only there was a way to get them to do something meaningful with their vanity. Enter the new photo puzzles and drawing pad from one of our favorite sites for gorgeous personalized photo gifts, Pinhole Press. When it comes to creative and cool ways to display photos, Pinhole Press is a great destination....

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Return your hand me down baby clothes and get new organic ones back. Sounds good to us!

The worst thing about buying baby clothes? The fact that those precious outfits will be outgrown way too fast. While of course lots of us try to hand our baby clothes down or resell them, not all of them are in shape to do that. In fact according to the EPA, Americans toss over 13 million tons of textiles a year with babies’ and kids’ clothes accounting for a hefty percentage of that. And that’s why we’re loving this seriously revolutionary new planet-friendly approach to babywear.   Kinderstuff is a company that’s rethinking baby fashion by letting you send in your...

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Baby socks that are major in the style department

There may not be much cuter in life than teeny tiny baby feet. But with fall now nipping at our heels, it’s time to think about socks. And if you’re going to cover up something so adorable as baby toes, it might as well be with something beyond chic.   Say hello to the new ridiculously cute sock collaboration between Colette, Paris’s most trend-setting fashion boutique, and the simple chic clothing line Etiquette. The new Etiquette x Colette Bundle gives newborns (0-12 months) a serious dose of style in the form of combed cotton socks in cool geometric patterns and in...

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The coolest hoodies in the hood

Hoodies are wardrobe staples in our household. My husband, a hoodie addict with over 20 in his closet, has gotten my boys into sporting them too. For the most part, my guys wear boring old navy or black hoodies (yawn), with the occasional sports team or stripes thrown into the mix. But hoodies with knockout prints that look like they came from somewhere far away–even outerspace maybe–well, now that’s something to write home about. The new hoodies from Winter Water Factory have insanely cool prints, completely different than your average boys’ wear. We’re not talking cars, trucks, robots or the ubiquitous skulls either....

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Our lips are sealed…and safe from the sun.

I’m a sunscreen addict. I won’t leave the house unless I’m slathered with the sunscreen. (And you wouldn’t be mistaken if you saw two kids leave my house in the mornings looking like they were dipped in white paint.) But finding moisturizing lip stuff with good SPF? Not so easy. So I’m a little happy dance about this new one from Sun Bum.   The SPF Lip Balms from Sun Bum are just the ticket, packed with moisturizing ingredients like aloe and vitamin E, but with the added benefit of serious sun protection. I’ve always been a little wary of chemical sunscreens on my skin,...

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NYC, you just hit the Rice Krispy Treat jackpot

Gee, another place to eat sweets, opening in New York City? That’s no big whoop. But when the new eatery serves up gourmet rice crispy treats (because Rice Krispy Treats would be a trademark issue, right?) in flavors like red velvet, birthday cake and caramel fleur de sel? Well…that’s breaking news.   The new Treat House, which just opened last week on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is sure to give those ubiquitous cupcake places a run for their money. The husband (a NYC restaurant vet) and wife (a preschool teacher) owners of Treat House make seriously gourmet rice...

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The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 works its magic again

I can’t get my son out of this stroller. This is a good thing. Trust me. My two-year-old gives the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. That is, until I introduced him to this new ride from Bugaboo. Before the new Bugaboo Cameleon 3, this kid was not having any strollers. But a miracle happened when I received the new Bug to test drive–my little guy suddenly loved to go on stroller rides. Really. The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 is an even greater version of the original and much-loved Cameleon stroller. First of all, hooray for the larger underseat...

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Spring sweetness: mint sandals for little feet

Spring is coming any day now (well, at least the Weather Channel thinks so). I always like to be prepared well ahead of time with my kids’ new spring wardrobe–especially shoes. Out with the galoshes, and in with all the fun, happy new shoes. If I had a girl, then I would so be getting her these adorably chic mint sandals from See Kai Run. I love the hot pink soles (think mini Louboutins in training, ha), which are soft, durable and flexible–perfect for summer camp and ice cream jaunts. Adjustable closures make them an easy-on/easy-off spring to summer shoe....

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