Category: Beauty + Cosmetics

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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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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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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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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Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System review: Is it really worth the price? An honest look.

As the new year loomed over me, I got an early start on my resolution to rid myself of dry, dead skin, and take better care of my face. I tested out quite a few skincare devices over the course of one month that had been sent to me for review consideration — from ultrasonic infusers to battery-powered cleansing brushes — to see if they would make a difference. At the end of the month, only one product actually made the cut: Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System. If you’re not familiar with this bestselling product, I wanted to review it to see...

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4 amazing beauty wipes you didn’t know could do the job of messier products

There’s no denying to new parents that a bottomless stash of diaper wipes is essential in every way. But what’s awesome is how many beauty wipes are available for adults too, taking the place of messier products you might own to make our busy lives on-the-go a whole lot easier. I’m a wipes fan, but I’m awfully picky when it comes to ingredients. To earn a place in my own purse — and on my body — a wipe has to be non-toxic, gentle, and do a heck of a job, whatever its job. Whether you’re in the car, on an airplane, or sweating through your...

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7 smells that every parent will know. For better or for worse.

This post was created for our partnership with Suave Essentials There are definitely certain smells that every parent comes to know. In fact, we think you’ll be pretty familiar with those fragrances — wonderful and uh, otherwise — that we are subjected to on a daily, if not hourly, basis. So we had the best time putting together this fun video about those very things, for our partnership with a brand who gets it too: Suave Essentials body wash. You know, the stuff from the commercials where three Suave body wash fragrances are chosen over three body wash fragrances from a premium brand? Take a look at our video, laugh with...

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16 seriously amazing beauty stocking stuffers, beyond nail polish and hand cream.

If you’ve got a stylish woman in your life, I’ve got some really fantastic ideas for you for beauty stocking stuffers. My checklist: They have to be practical, useful, affordable (well, relatively) and yet still totally fun to receive. Maybe things she would love but would never get for herself? In other words, sorry store-brand dental floss. You may be practical, but you’re not making the list. So here are 16 of my own favorite beauty stocking stuffers that include practical tools and special little beauty indulgences, most of which are fixtures in my own handbag and medicine cabinet. They’re guaranteed to...

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Transitioning to winter skincare: The only 3 tips you’ll need.

Right now, tons of clients are asking me for the best winter skincare tips, because even if you love the change of seasons, it’s likely that your skin does not. Even those of my clients with generally amazing skin will comment that their skin acts out this time of year, as the weather suddenly gets frigid. So don’t feel alone if you, too, are feeling and seeing the impact of cooler weather, lower humidity, indoor heating, cold wind on your face and would love to figure out how to best deal with it. For good winter skincare, I always remind my clients to give their faces a little extra TLC and follow...

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5 of our favorite drugstore lip balms that work as well as the pricey stuff

December brings holiday cheer, festive fun, and hella chapped lips. And considering the nearest Ulta is 38 miles from my house, I don’t always have the most posh options for lip care here in the mountains. So I’ve put together some terrific drugstore lip balms out there I love that are affordable and actually work really well too. Plus, for all us last-minute shoppers, these lip balms make the perfect little stocking stuffers. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 6 Sephora Collection products you need in your makeup bag, stat   Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Ginger Spice ($3–5) If you’re a firm believer that Pumpkin...

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6 Sephora Collection products you need in your makeup bag, stat

If you’re anything like me, you could spend hours shopping for makeup. But, if you’re like me, you don’t even have those hours to shop for makeup. (I wish!) That’s why I was so thrilled to team up with our newest sponsor, JCPenney, to visit their in-store JCPenney Sephora store, and check out the latest Sephora Collection products — turns out, it’s so easy for a busy mom like me to run right in, grab what I need, and run right out again. Even though they’re celebrating 10 years together, I think this might just be the best-kept beauty shopping secret out there. Plus, the...

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5 spellbinding Harry Potter cosmetic collections — for muggles and wizards alike.

By now you know we fell in love with the Harry Potter wand brush set from Storybook Cosmetics (currently sold out). So if you’re in dire need of more Harry Potter makeup goodness to tide you over until you can make it to Ollivander’s, here are some other great potions and powders (many of which we found on Etsy) that will make you feel like a million galleons.   The Marauders, Mugwumps, and Muggles Collection | Shiro Cosmetics These mineral eyeshadows named for Harry Potter-isms come in a wide range of neutrals and brights in all the lush colors you’d expect to...

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This soap can save lives.

When we’re browsing the seemingly endless soap aisle at the grocery store, it’s easy to forget that the basics for good hygiene can still present a big challenge in many parts of the world. A bar of soap can literally save lives, preventing a child from dying from pneumonia or saving a mother and child during birth and delivery. Enter Health 2 Humanity, or H2H, which sells vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO, hypo-allergenic soap that’s all made in California, and uses the proceeds to change lives in three African countries. I tried all four scents, and they’re lovely. The Lemon is my favorite — a bright and cheerful citrus that...

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An airy, all-natural perfume that smells nothing like the perfume counter. Thank goodness.

I love finding new fragrances, but I never want to smell like anyone else. For me, the pleasure in perfume is in leaning close to someone and picking up a faint whiff that’s distinctly them — and I hope the fragrances I wear have the same signature feel. This new perfume, called SAOR (which is Gaelic for free), combines bergamot, white tea, and musk and the result is something that smells light, fresh, and like nothing else I’ve ever worn. Related: This perfume smells fantastic and helps repel mosquitoes. Unlike perfume counter perfumes, it contains no alcohol or carrier oils and is...

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The 3 hot lip colors for fall: A pro makeup artist’s picks that look great on every woman

When Cool Mom Picks asked me to pick the three top lip colors for fall, I was excited. But I know that for a lot of women, the idea of following trends can be a little scary, especially when the trends veer outside of your comfort zone. My job as a professional makeup artist is to follow trends, and even I sometimes shy away. The truth is, a lip color could look awesome on the runway but if you’re just running to pick the kids up from school… it may not translate quite so well. Fortunately, when it comes to lip color trends this...

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The best non-toxic nail polish brands for kids, in colors we can wear too.

Even though I’m a first-time mom-to-be, I feel like I’m already an expert on the best non-toxic nail polishes for kids. I adore painting my nieces’ nails; it’s such a fun bonding activity, and they love it too, especially when we can wear the same color and be “twins.” But because two of them are still under the age of 4, I know the polish that goes on their nails can end up, well, anywhere and everywhere, and so I always look for non-toxic nail polish, but I still want it to go on smoothly and scent-free, and ideally, peel right off....

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A pro makeup artist picks her 5 best mascaras right now

Lately, I’ve been on a mascara mission. For me, not only does the perfect mascara have to look great, and add the perfect amount of volume to my lashes, but it can’t run; I have deep set eyes and often end up with black mascara under my eyes as the day progresses. As a professional makeup artist, that is definitely not going to work. Every time I visit a drugstore or department store, I grab another tube hoping this will be the one I’ve been searching for: The perfect mascara. But it’s been hard to find. So if you’re having the same issues — and...

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It’s a perfume. It’s a bug spray. It’s my new best friend.

A delicious-smelling perfume that’s also a bug spray? That actually works? Shut the front door. It’s true. As a mosquito magnet and a fan of artisan fragrances, I’ve found my new best friend. It’s called Aromaflage, and I would wear it even if it didn’t protect me from mosquitoes. That’s how good it smells. Aromaflage currently comes in three different formulas: Original, Wild, and Sleep. I tried Original and Wild, and they are both lovely. Original hinges on vanilla and orange for a light, fun, tropical fragrance with a little grounding woodiness to keep it from being candylike or...

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An honest review of Kylie Lip Kits and Glosses from the rare person who did not get them for free.

So, yeah, I went there: I bought me some Kylie Lip Kits. As in Kylie Jenner. (Heard of her?) And even better, I bought them after being alerted about a restock of the sold-out Lip Kits via an email that I willingly signed up for. Because that’s how badly I wanted to know when I could get my hands on this most talked-about beauty product. And you know what? I’m glad I did, because turns out I’m loving my Kylie Matte Lip Kits. That’s right: Kits. Plural. As in, I now own three of them. Related: The best drugstore makeup for tweens...

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Boom Boom Seamless Brow: Why it’s our new makeup must-have

When it comes to makeup, I’m all about the brows. I’ve suggested many times that if you leave the house with no makeup at all, at least give your eyebrows a little attention and you’ll look groomed. For years now, I’ve been all about Bobbi Brown brow shadow and a good angled brush — and I still am. But I sheepishly gave the Boom Boom Seamless Brow gel pen a try, and wow, consider me a new fan, especially for nighttime or when I’m heavying up the makeup just a tad. Related: The best liquid eyeliners: Steal vs Splurge My happy-making new makeup must-have comes courtesy of...

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A quick, natural skincare routine for tweens and teens from an expert

When it comes to tween and teen skin, and figuring out the skincare routine that will work best for them, I like to take the less is more approach — at least until action is really needed. When I was younger, I had great skin until I started trying out all sorts of different products on them. Then I went back to using natural skincare solutions, and thankfully it calmed my skin down again. So if you’ve got a tween or teen with normal skin and no serious skin problems — which might require a visit to a dermatologist or your...

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The best drugstore makeup for tweens and teens: Top picks from a pro

Now that some of our girls are starting to hit the age where they’re asking about more than just a little flavored lip balm, we turned to an expert to offer us advice about makeup for tweens and teens. Because things have come a long way since we were all first experimenting with navy mascara and body shimmer as young women ourselves. We’re so pleased to welcome our new beauty columnist Kristyn Rudnet of Shimmer and Spice, who’s a talented east coast makeup artist (we’ve been lucky enough to use her ourselves!), style director, and skin guru who has...

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Spray your gray away with the Rita Hazan root concealer

About a year ago, I realized that if I grew out my regularly dyed hair, I’d probably be completely gray, which means that about 3–4 weeks after my salon visit, I’ve got hella roots showing. But thanks to discovering the Rita Hazan root concealer, I  can go an extra couple of weeks before plunking down a pretty penny for hair color. The little bottle isn’t cheap, but boy does it work (and a little goes a very long way). Just a small spray over my roots on my dark brown hair after I’ve finished blow drying it and I’ve got fantastic cover-up until...

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The single best dry shampoo ever, according to someone who has tried them all

Okay so maybe it’s a wee bit of an overstatement to say I’ve tried every dry shampoo — but definitely enough that I can state with all confidence that I have discovered the very best dry shampoo. After several years sampling the dry shampoo promises from blow dry chain brands, high end salon brands, fancy haircutters-to-the-stars with their names on their own products brands, the only one I keep coming back to is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. As a busy working mom, there is no way I’m washing and drying my super-thick hair every day. Or even every other...

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7 drugstore beauty products that are better than the expensive stuff

Recently I shared my top 7 beauty splurges that I think are worth the money. And I still do. but to be clear, I think there are tons of great drugstore beauty products out there, and I don’t think that everything in the world is worth a splurge. In fact, there are plenty of times that even after trying a pricier alternative, I return to a drugstore beauty product. Not just because it’s more affordable either, though that’s always a plus! So here’s a list of my picks for some of the best drugstore beauty products that I absolutely swear by....

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Swing into spring with 7 non-toxic nail polishes for kids in the season’s prettiest pinks

If your kids love mani pedis as much as mine do, but you’re not a fan of the chemical-packed polishes in a lot of salons, I’ve put together 7 non-toxic nail polishes for kids from some of our favorite safer brands, all in adorable shades of pink — seeing as how Rose Quartz is one of Pantone’s two trendy colors of the year. (Not that our kids are following such trends, but hey, why not.) With the promise of spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to host a fun spa day at home, save a few bucks, and get...

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7 favorite beauty product splurges that are absolutely worthwhile.

Okay so let’s start with a disclaimer: When I describe beauty products I can’t live without, I’m being a bit hyperbolic. Do they fall under food? No. Clothing? No. Shelter? No, unless we’re talking sunscreen should I ever be stranded on a tropical island. So of course I could live without these beauty products. However do I prefer having them in my life rather than alternatives? Heck yeah. I have tried a whole lot of beauty products over the course of my life — trials (and mistakes) from department store beauty counters, gifts in goodie bags, hand-me downs from friends who somehow had extras,...

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The Volume Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin: You’ll never buy another mascara ever again.

I discovered The Volume Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin last year when Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere raved about it, and after using it for this long (hey, it takes me awhile!), I feel comfortable saying that it is by far the best mascara I have ever owned. If you’re looking for the perfect mascara, then I have the one for you. Cool Mom Picks is a reward style affiliate.     As someone who wears contacts and needs a smudge-proof mascara that’s not waterproof, I’ve only really ever found a couple that work well, and even then, I could...

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