Category: Beauty + Style

What’s better than safe, kid-friendly nail polish? Safe, kid-friendly nail polish you can wash off with water.

My daughter loves nail polish, but she’s not so crazy about taking it off once it starts to chip. As for me, I cringe a little when I soak her little kid fingers with strong nail polish remover. Because, chemicals. Right? So I love our latest discovery: Nailmatic kid-friendly nail polishes which promise to wash right off with water, and actually do. To be more specific, the package says to use soap and water. but I find it comes right off without much soap required. Plus, it goes on really smoothly, which means I can actually get the polish on my...

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This bag is not a toy. Or…wait. It is.

I’m always open to finding new ways for my family to make eco-conscious choices with our daily habits. But, truthfully, if they’re too complicated we don’t follow through. That said, an easy switch I’ve made recently is to keep a couple of Dert reusable shopping bags in my handbag, thanks to press samples I got to try out. And I love them! Whenever I check out at a store, I decline their shopping bag and use my reusable bags instead. Hey, look at me saving the planet a little bit. Bonus: the totes become adorable stuffed animals when stuffed in their...

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Coach’s space-themed bags and wallets are out of this world. (Yeah, we said it.)

As if we weren’t legitimately excited enough already about the total solar eclipse on August 21, the limited edition Coach Space collection has us over the moon — so to speak. Because now we have an excuse to buy some of the coolest space-themed bags and accessories on the planet. At least if we have a few spare hundreds lying around the house. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: An amazing kids’ book about the trailblazing women of space exploration   This Phone Wallet is so sleek and cool with that retro space shuttle patch. Its slim design fits all...

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How good are the $3 beauty products from Brandless? An honest review.

I like to keep things simple when it comes to shopping for beauty products, but I have to admit that it’s far from easy. I want high-quality, conscientious beauty products and I want them inexpensive. (A big ask, right?) That’s why I was intrigued to order a few items from the new online concept store Brandless on my own dime and see if their beauty products are everything I hoped they’d be. This just-launched online grocery store was co-founded by former BabyCenter Chairman, entrepreneur and friend of CMP Tina Sharkey, who seeks to reinvent shopping for household essentials. Related: 3 of...

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6 literary totes to help you with your book nerd cred.

As a new mom to a 4-month-old boy, I look at my rare lounge chair time to lie back and crack a novel a rare indulgence — and necessary sanity-saver. Happily, I’ve found some of the very coolest literary tote bags for all the readers and avowed book nerds out there (raising hand here!) who mark the passage of summer in pages, not tan lines. Related: 7 funny and fab book totes for all your summer reads. Austen, Twain, and Thoreau reimagined as punk rockers? I loved this Punk Rock Authors literary book tote from Out of Print Clothing before even...

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I found the best bath bombs in a kind of random way.

My girls are totally infatuated with bath bombs, ever since my middle schooler joined a Harry Potter Potions after-school science club (so cool, right?) and made her own handmade bath bomb. So when I started combing our neighborhood looking for one for a gift, well turns out they’re sold out everywhere in Brooklyn. Which means bath bombs are officially A Thing. So I poked around on Amazon to find some for my younger daughter’s birthday and went with the highly rated bath bombs by Lifearound2angels. Handmade bath and beauty products can be a crapshoot and I’m picky, but I...

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A dad created this awesome makeup brand to empower his daughter. And all of us too.

It’s not often that you’ll find a makeup brand that celebrates who women already are instead of making promises as to what women should be. But when Bill Xaing’s daughter was born, he realized that he could do something to change that. So he created RealHer Makeup, a cosmetics brand specifically designed to inspire and empower women—like the one his daughter will grow up to be. Related: Empowering gifts for girls who keep on keeping on Xiang, a cosmetics industry veteran, explains on the RealHer website that when Yarie was born, he realized he was a feminist. “It was striking to...

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If you’re going to believe in unicorns, pick this one.

There’s a lot of chatter going around that things just haven’t been right with the world since Prince and David Bowie left it. I’m kind of in agreement. So I’m all for bringing them back in any way possible — like this totally rad “Carry Me Home” Bowie and Prince enamel tribute pin by designer Ice Cream Color for the shop Laser Kitten. I’d say it deserves a home on as many lapels, handbags, and cool-teen/tween backpacks as possible. Related: A site to support indie artists, not the retailers ripping them off Two of my very favorite artists of all time, together,...

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In memory of the 11 year old who died at summer camp from meningitis this week

“Were your kids vaccinated for meningitis?” my father asked as I picked up the phone tonight. He’s always asking me questions like this after seeing something or other in the news or on Facebook. He’s a good Grandpa that way. “Sure,” I said with some relief. “Our doctor strongly recommended it before camp. Turns out a lot of sleepaway camps require it if you go more than a few days. So both of my girls got them done. Why do you ask?” “Your stepmother is paying a condolence call to a friend,” he said. It was not at all what...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: An honest review of Function of Beauty custom shampoo and conditioner

We’re so glad you’ve all been loving our Damn You, Facebook Ads article series, in which we purchase products from those ads we see over and over, then test them out just for you. Today, we’ve got the honest scoop on Function of Beauty custom haircare products. As that harried mom you see in the aisles of Target or CVS, I tend to be completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of hair care products in the shampoo aisle. My M.O. is to grab something cheap and fast so I can move onto the fun stuff. (Hello seasonal candy!) But I...

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The new Crayola nail polish by Sally Hansen: Sorry kids, these are just for us.

As parents, we’re familiar with colorful crayon masterpieces pinned to our walls and, let’s be honest, on our walls. But on our nails? Shut the front door. Sally Hansen has teamed up with Crayola to launch Crayola Insta-Dri Nail Polish in 12 of their crayon shades. So now you too can color in the lines — of your nails — with Denim, Granny Smith Apple, Razzmatazz, or Vivid Violet when the new collection comes out on July 1. Sorry, no Burnt Sienna. Related: Kate Spade’s new bag is putting a taco truck on every shoulder The Crayola nail polish will dry in a...

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Should you really avoid SPF over 50? We’ve got facts, and we’ve got answers.

Growing up as a fair-skinned, redheaded kid, I’m no stranger to the intricacies of SPF labels. Or sunburns. Like lots of us, I always believed that the higher the SPF, the better the sun protection I’d get, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, the EWG warns against sunscreens with very high SPF over 50, and that goes for kids and adults. In fact, they say flat out to avoid SPF over 50. But, why? Related: 2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable? First off, what is SPF? SPF, or Sun...

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The Wonder Woman bracelet we all need right now

With all of us completely obsessed with Wonder Woman these days — and can you blame us? — I am so glad that our brand partnership director Lisa spotted this awesome Wonder Woman bracelet by Alex and Ani. Because it may have just risen to the top of my birthday wish list. The price is pretty sweet — under $50. And while you can buy them in either a gold or silver finish, c’mon. Is there really any choice besides gold? Perfect for your favorite super mom, super grad, or newly minted Wonder Woman fangirl. Related: Cool Wonder Woman gifts...

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The one surprising thing that happened when I switched to a natural deodorant.

I’m the kind of person who needs the prescription strength-type antiperspirant, so for me to make the switch to a natural deodorant is a big deal. Granted, it’s not the first time I’ve tried, and while it was pretty successful (yay Primal Paste), I did end up getting a bit of a rash from the baking soda, so, I went back to the heavy duty stuff. Related: A natural deodorant that really works.  But I never felt really great about it, and figured, why not give the natural stuff another whirl? So, I grabbed some Schmidt’s natural deodorant at...

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Could the Kiddo wearable health tracker help kids make better choices? | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Kiddo If you want a way to keep track of your child’s health and well-being in real time, meet Kiddo, a new wearable health tracker designed to do just that. This wearable gadget gives you real-time insights about your kid’s well-being, including health status, activity, stress levels, even daily sleep quality, with the goal of helping families make better, healthier choices. – Don’t miss a special offer on Kiddo below – Using 4-in-1 sensor technology, the Kiddo measures vital bio-signs, including skin temperature, heart rate, skin perspiration and motion, all in one cute, kid-sized wearable wristband. It’s water-resistant and...

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Pom poms: They’re not just for cheerleaders.

I’ve been kind of tickled looking at the colorful new boho pom pom sandals that have blowing up my feeds lately, but I’m not entirely sure I can pull them off. Then I saw this amazing woven trapeze pom pom bag from Ted Baker and I thought, oooh…now that I could do. It reminds me of some of the vintage woven raffia handbags I collected back in the days I used to scavenge flea markets and tag sales for such things, only a little more practical, with that smart fabric lining and zippered pocket. Ted Baker’s BARLIEE bag is is casual enough for beachy weekends, playful...

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If coveting these crazy popular cat-mermaid necklaces is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Finally, we have proof that taking the internet’s most popular things and combining them all into one isn’t just a good idea. It’s a glorious one. That proof? These insanely popular cat-mermaid necklaces by AGirlAndHerCat that everyone is coveting right now. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Cool rainbow unicorn gifts for kids (and kids at heart!). Shop owner Sarah B. makes each necklace by hand with polymer clay, and she’ll customize yours to your exact specifications. Choose the color, tail shape, and (as you can see below) fantastic accessories like floral crowns or gold antlers. You can even send her a picture of your own kitty and...

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2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable?

Every year, I take a look at the Environmental Working Group’s report on the best safe sunscreens for kids and babies. This list measures popular brands against the EWG’s standards, including everything from worrisome ingredients to false marketing claims. Not every top-ranked tube of lotion is the same value for the dollar, though, so I’ve broken down all 19 of their best safe sunscreens for kids by price per ounce. Because I’ll bet there are other parents like me, who want safe products for their kids but don’t feel the need to spend more money than necessary. Top photo: © Kate Etue for Cool Mom Picks...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: We tried the FLEX disposable tampon alternative, and here’s how it worked for us. In full detail (sorry).

I’m coming up on my 25thish anniversary of my first visit from Aunt Flo. And over that those 2.5 decades, I’ve had the same exact routine every month: tampons and pads. I wasn’t necessarily looking to spice things up in that department, but when I saw the ads on Facebook for a free trial box of FLEX disposable tampon alternatives, I figured, why not give them a try? And then share every sordid detail with the entire Internet. So, here’s how my tampon-free week went, so you can see if making the switch is right for you. FLEX: What is it? (No, really.) Okay, so...

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A Mother’s Day necklace that will show you love her beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Mother’s Day jewelry comes in the most wonderful array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, which is perfect, because, so do moms. And for the sweet, smart, subtle mom who likes her necklaces the same way, we’ve found an especially clever Mother’s Day jewelry gift idea: this lovely Shadow Heart Necklace at Uncommon Goods. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Fabulous indie Mother’s Day gifts from women makers and shops   When caring for his parents (his mom was fighting cancer, and his dad had lost his vision), artist Hiro Yuki found inspiration in the idea that “love is invisible, but ever present.” He designed this necklace with that sentiment in mind,...

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A taco truck on every shoulder

While I’d personally be thrilled to have a taco truck on every corner (especially those ones from Austin, mmm…), I would happily settle for this hilarious taco truck lunch tote dangling from my shoulder. Especially because it doesn’t have to be a lunch tote at all; just wear it as a handbag and bask in that 2017 zeitgeist. Related: The taco truck playhouse for kids not satisfied with those boring castles. For the price, I can’t imagine it’s made of genuine nappa leather (or anything even remotely close to that). But then, for the cost of a few tacos pollo con mole — or two tickets...

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Exquisite Mother’s Day jewelry ideas that glitter and give back: Our fave!

You all know what fans we are of gifts that give back, especially this time of year. And of course, we can never say no to fab jewelry gifts. (Hint to the SigOths and children, ahem.) So we are thrilled to welcome our sponsor, Guilded Grey, which makes stylish, vintage-inspired jewelry that’s so wearable, you can find something in the shop for any mom in your life. In fact, we’ve included them in our Mother’s Day gift guides in the past, that’s how much we love them! Most of the collection includes one-of-a-kind, handmade layered necklaces, all crafted from vintage chains,...

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How to get the perfect brow: 5 essential tips from NYC’s top brow expert

So let’s talk brows. Or more specifically, how to get the perfect brow. Because as I’ve said before, if there is one single thing you can do to make you look polished — even if you wear no other makeup — it’s making sure your brows look great. In fact, I so fell in love with the Boom Boom Seamless Brow pen, that I reached out to its creator, eyebrow queen Malynda Vigliotti  — also known as Boom Boom, founder and namesake of NYC’s Boom Boom Brow Bar — to give us her tips for how to get the perfect brow....

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The panicky mom’s guide to removing ticks from kids — yikes!

You may be wondering just how to remove ticks from your kids, should the need arise. And we don’t blame you one bit. With the warmer weather comes longer days spent outdoors and kids running barefoot in the yard. Also, increased warning about ticks and Lyme disease thanks to a booming tick population this spring. Eek! So to put anxious minds at ease — including our own — we’ve done the research for you and put together this handy guide to removing ticks from kids. Just know we’re not trying to set off any alarm bells here; please know that some experts put your children’s risk of getting...

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Your essential guide to the best, safe tick repellents for kids right now. Because, eek.

We’re not alarmists around here, but we admit, we’ve been researching safe tick repellents for our own kids. The data we’re seeing on the booming tick population around the country this spring is a little disconcerting, and overall, Lyme disease has been on the rise — at least tripling since the 1990s. Kind of scary for those of us with kids who love to be outdoors. So, I’ve been rolling up my sleeves to scout out the best, safe tick repellents for kids. Because yes to kids playing outside all day — but a massive no to any associated parental anxiety. CMP...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: Trying out the Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner

Next up in our series of products from Facebook ads that we see, purchase, and review is the Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner. They claim it “holds like a wax, blends like a powder and intuitively adjusts to match your brows,” so how could I not try it? Especially considering I’ve been obsessed with my big fat Greek eyebrows since I was a child idolizing Brooke Shields, and I love the look of a fuller, well-groomed brow now. Related: A pro makeup artist picks her 5 best mascaras right now The Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner: Putting it to the test You choose from...

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Introducing esthechoc: Skincare disguised as delicious dark chocolate | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored post from esthechoc. You certainly know about the benefits of dark chocolate and now there’s one more: After 10 years of extensive research, scientists have developed a new anti-aging skincare solution that happens to come in the form of delicious chocolate. Yes, chocolate. Enter, esthechoc, the world’s first clinically proven chocolate created to slow down the skin’s aging process. – CMP readers save 20% off your esthechoc order now with code CMP17 – You may have read about it in publications like InStyle or the Women’s Health Future 50 Beauty Awards. Remarkably, eating just a small piece of esthechoc (38 calories) a day...

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Where’d you get those bracelets?! Well, I’ll tell ya….

I’ve had a thing for layering multiple bracelets for a while now, which has slowly replaced my former compulsion to wear massive cocktail rings all the time. I will say it’s a little easier to put on gloves in cold weather, ha. If you’ve been stuck in a jewelry rut, it’s such an easy, fun way to jazz up even jeans and a t-shirt or make a stuffy black dress a little more contemporary. When I’m running out the door, I just grab four or five bracelets, like the ones here and suddenly I feel “dressed.”   Since people are always asking...

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Auspect: A luxury skincare line that does wonders for aging skin, no Botox required.

The more my skin (ahem) matures, the more I’m willing to spend a little more to step up my skincare game without succumbing to Botox. If you hear me, then definitely take a look at the new-to-the-US luxury skincare line called Auspect. Especially with spring right around the corner. The line is all about medically developed formulas that skip the gross chemicals and artificial fragrances. Just ethically sourced, natural ingredients you can identify. And wow, are the results fantastic. Let’s just say I have tried a whole lot of luxury skincare products for potential review lately, and very very few make...

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