Category: Beauty + Style

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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Unicorn makeup from my favorite brand? I’ll take that magical dare.

As the saying goes, always be you, unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn. But, what if you could be you…wearing makeup inspired by the shimmering, colorful magic of unicorns? Yeah, then be that. PopSugar just gave the world an exclusive look at the new Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe in Yourself Collection, and the three products are bippity-boppity-beautiful. Related: Cool rainbow unicorn gifts for kids and kids at heart. (Because we need more rainbows and unicorns in the world.) Click over to check out the Magic Wands brush set (above) with gorgeously pastel-haired wands styled on glimmering golden unicorn horns....

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The Fit Tower Home Workout System lets you achieve all your fitness goals, no gym membership required. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Fit Tower If you’ve been looking for a full body workout to help you achieve all of your fitness goals right in your home — without having to join a gym or pay for expensive classes — Fit Tower may be just what you’re looking for. Combining elements of yoga, ballet, Pilates, cardio, and traditional strength training, the Fit Tower comprehensive Home Workout System takes the popular barre workout phenomenon to a whole new level. Created by top personal trainer and fitness hall-of-famer Cathe Friedrich, the Fit Tower system is designed to target the entire body,...

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Beyond Tarot cards: Even skeptics find guidance and clarity with these 4 methods of divination.

I confess that when I’m struggling with an issue or looking for guidance, wisdom or just calm, I have always been a fan of various oracles and methods of divination. And I don’t mean the fortune teller at a street fair years ago, who looked at my palm and told me I would have nine children. I know, this topic may sound a little nutty to some of you. But take it from a science-loving skeptic: when life feels overwhelming, these are the tools that have helped me focus, find clarity, stay mindful and often feel more empowered and in control of my...

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10 of the best, thoughtful gifts for newly adoptive parents and their kids

As a newly adoptive parent, I’ve received a lot of generous adoption gifts from friends and family that celebrate our daughter’s culture and heritage, and speak volumes about the fact that she came into our family in a way very different from our other three children. Of course, like any new parent, an adoptive parent would welcome home cooked meals, gift cards, boxes of diapers. But if you’re looking to give a more meaningful or sentimental gift, I’ve pulled together 10 of the best adoption gifts that I would love to have received myself. Each one of these is sure to get a very...

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Here’s what happened with I tried Hubble, the company that sends daily wear contacts to your door.

I’m a long-time contact wearer here, especially in those glasses break now and then moments (or when a style moment hits hard). And as much as my optometrist has tried to get me to try daily wear contacts because they’re waaaay better for my eyeballs, they dry out by mid-afternoon. No, thanks. And so, I’ve stuck with the ones I take out at night, wear for a couple of weeks (or um, months, shhhh), and pay a pretty penny for. That is, until Hubble send me a pack of their daily wear contacts a try. Related: The best mascara for contact wearers. And...

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A simple skincare regimen for busy moms, and 5 things I learned after sticking to it for 10 days

I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only mom who barely has enough energy to wash her face at night and slap some moisturizer on, since I’m so darn tired I just want to brush my teeth and hit the sack. Yes, the 30 seconds it would take me always seems like 30 seconds too long. Let alone the time I can spend in the mornings. Yeah, nope. So as you can imagine, the idea of sticking to an actual skincare regimen twice a day for 10 days — like, not just washing but using actual serums and ointments — seems pretty unlikely to me. But when our...

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A clever RBG Dissent Pin that supports organizations doing good

I’m a super fan of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s an incredible, inspiring female role model for my girls and a serious badass too. Plus she can throw shade like nobody’s business. So when I found these RBG Dissent Pins honoring the Notorious RBG I immediately placed an order for myself and my daughters. Related: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring pages. Free, printable, and making history. Ameenah posing with her RGB dissent collar pin, via @dissentpins on IG This cool pin was created by Nick Jehlen and artist Caitlin Kuhwald, and inspired by the collar Justice Ginsburg wears over her robe on days she dissents on decisions being handed...

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