Category: Beauty + Cosmetics

Hot nail polishes to match the hot Pantone fall 2014 colors

It may still be on the warm side outside for some of us, but fall fashion is officially in full swing. In my kid-free days the new season meant a shopping spree was in order, but today I’m more apt to update my look with a new nail polish shade. Checking out the Pantone fall 2014 Color Report, I’ve put together a guide to fantastic polishes that hit all the right color notes. Hey, is it so wrong to want my toes to match my bag?     Radiant Orchid Deborah Lippmann Good Vibrations, ($17, Deborah Lippmann Online) I love this color, and we all have since  radiant orchid was announced...

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8 of the best, most wearable bold lipsticks for fall from savvy steals to super splurges.

With Fashion Week here in New York (yeah, try getting a cab these days), it’s a signal to me that it’s time to put away my favorite pale pink glosses (sniff) and make way for the bold lipsticks for fall that are popping up in every fashion magazine right now. There are so many fantastic shades of plum, deep berry, sultry wine, bright red, or even punchy orange; and what’s especially nice is that these days, you can find them in so many forms. There are traditional lipsticks in tubes, wand applicators, or even lip crayons. So fun to play! Here are just...

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Orico London Skin Care: Avoid a life of grime in the big city

I’m not saying this new organic Streetwise line from Orico London is the Batman of skin care products; I’m just saying Batman probably uses it to take off his guyliner every night after a hard, pollution- and crime-riddled day in Gotham. And you can, too. I have been seeing great results using Streetwise products, which are designed specifically for harsher urban environments,  but I wanted to give it the ultimate test. So I took it to Dragoncon, a comic con that brings over 60,000 people to four blocks of downtown Atlanta. Each day, I wear a primer, heavy makeup, and setting spray and spend 12 hours...

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Out out, summer dark spots.

The end of summer is sad enough, but it’s also left behind a bunch of shiny new sun spots on my face even though I smeared on so much sunscreen all season long. The good news is that I found a relatively easy fix in the Lumene skincare line. Their new Bright Now Visible Repair Tone Corrector and Time Freeze Targeted Spot Corrector just might save me (and you) a costly and time-sucking visit to the dermatologist. I’ve been using Bright Now every day under my moisturizer to give my skin a nice pick-me-up, and it’s working really well. It’s true, there are definitely some good dark...

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When to replace makeup? An easy, common sense, non-alarmist guide

One of the biggest questions we see around the web is when to replace makeup. And I totally get it. I have a drawer full of makeup–like that cool auburn eyeliner that I might wear some day, or a pale pink lip gloss that was awesome over the summer and not so much for the fall. But the thing about makeup, unlike, say, a pair of skinny jeans you’re aiming to fit into, is that it does have an expiration date. Some products last a really long time and others not so much, so we’ve put together this  “when to toss your makeup” cheat...

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Babyganics: The safe spray sunscreen we’re using, because it actually works.

Parents everywhere groaned when we heard the recommendation earlier this summer that parents should stop using spray sunscreen because of the danger of inhaling the stuff. Not to get alarmist (you can also tell your kids to close their mouths when you spray?), that means some of us were back to rubbing our kids with greasy, sticky lotions. Fun, right? Well, the SPF-50 mineral-based sunscreen from Babyganics, a long-trusted brand of ours, is a safe spray sunscreen, which is a nice option if you have concerns. My kids have tried this spray out this summer and they really love it. It was actually a little weird how excited...

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Moody Mamas: Natural skin care for moody skin and picky mamas

Summer is all about hydration. Speaking of which, have you seen our recipes for awesome summer milkshakes? Okay, so maybe that’s more indulgence than natural solution, but we like fixes that work on a lot of levels. Like Moody Sisters Natural Skincare, which is all-natural and made just to help even moms with moody skin feel and look fabulous. Moody Sisters products are handmade by two sisters who struggled to find natural skin care that didn’t trigger their eczema. Whether you need better moisturization for face, lips or body, they have a solution that will make you feel lovely. I tried...

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Go nuts for the new Yes to Coconut skincare collection

It’s safe to say that I’m a Yes to Carrots junkie, so I was excited to try the brand new tropical-inspired Yes to Coconut skin care line from this CMP favorite. It’s right on time with the recent buzz about the super-powers of coconut oil and coconut water from wellness gurus, and, well, everyone who wants to smell like suntan lotion. Like all Yes to Carrots products, Yes to Coconut has loads of healthy ingredients at a totally reasonable price point (nary a product is over $20). But know that all of that coconut oil and water means the coconut scent is very strong so you’d better be...

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When is a lip gloss not a lip gloss? When it’s Mally’s High Shine Liquid Lipstick

It takes a lot to impress me in the lip gloss department, and I have a graveyard of half-finished tubes lying around to prove it.  But after trying out the High Shine Liquid Lipstick as part of the Perfois Pink Lip Kit from celeb makeup artist (and mom of three) Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty, I must say…yep. Impressed. A lot. If you’re all about the lips, this kit is for you with your three basic lip essentials: a velvety lipstick, a lip pencil, and a gloss pen they call High Shine Liquid Lipstick –which is in fact the highlight of the kit for me. Apply it over the...

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Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup. Not the contradiction it seems to be.

It’s the oldest joke in the world that we spend so much time looking makeup that makes you look like you’re not wearing any, but that’s exactly what Dr. Perricone is going for with the new Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup collection. The brand makes a very compelling argument: When you’re older than 29 (ahem), wearing makeup is less about creating drama and more about hiding any weird broken blood vessels or sun spots. Not that any of us here know about such things. [Note: this post has been edited to add more information about other products in the line] Now let me say right...

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6 of the best time saving beauty products for moms who need every extra second we can get

I’ve recently given up nail salon visits and switched from hours-long salon hair color appointments to an amazing new at-home color system. It’s not because I don’t love professional help, it’s just that I’m busy! I need time saving beauty products! Those extra hours in the day matter to busy moms–or busy women in general, really – and I know that I’m not the only one who often lets primping take a back seat to errands or cuddling or uh, sleeping. So in the name of keeping up appearances, here are some more of the best time saving beauty products that...

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3 homemade skin care recipes good enough to eat (though we wouldn’t recommend it.)

After recently trying a new skin care serum and mask made from kale, I began to wonder just how hard it would be to whip up some skin care recipes homemade in my own kitchen. I’m a natural beauty junkie, so half of my products already contain fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and it wouldn’t be such a stretch to try to make my own. After a little experimenting, I learned that making exfoliating, moisturizing and cleansing products in  my kitchen isn’t really such a big deal. The only drawback is that there is some clean-up involved. But hey, I’m a mom....

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Genius summer beauty tip: Waterproof eyeliner

Of course I’m already to the joys of waterproof mascara in the summer, as we all are by now no doubt. But when the kind woman at the Laura Mercier counter pointed me toward their waterproof eyeliner I was like…wha-ah? For some reason, I had no idea such a thing existed. Wear all the waterproof mascara you want; you’ll still look racoon-y when you start sweating/crying/being a person like me who rubs your eyes absentmindedly all day, and your eyeliner smudges. Not in a cool smoky eye kind of way. So I plunked down the money, crossing fingers the Laura Mercier Longwear...

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Beat the humidity with 6 of the best anti-frizz hair products. Because it’s so not the heat.

In an effort to tame my locks sans chemicals, I rounded up the best anti-frizz hair products for the summer for you all. Because I know that I’m not alone here! At the first sign of humidity in the air, my thick and wavy hair goes crazy. Forget blow drying– the minute I step outside, I’ll basically have a mushroom on my head. A frizzy, frizzy mushroom. Many of my friends swear by their keratin straightening treatments–and their hair does look pretty amazing–but I’d rather pass on the formaldehyde, thank you very much. If you’re in the same boat, here are some of the best...

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Sole Serum: How those celebs manage to wear stilettos all day without grimacing.

We’re not shy about our love for amazing heels here at Cool Mom Picks. I certainly have my yoga-pants-and-t-shirt days, but there’s just something about getting dressed up in trendy designer clothes and feeling like I look good. But no matter how happy I am to be dressed up, at the end of a long day in some six-inchers my feet are feeling it. Ouch, for real. A nice soak in some epsom salt at home can do wonders, but if you’re traveling or don’t want to draw a bath, or you’re just busy (because, aren’t we all?) try Sole Serum, which...

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Love and Salt hair and body spray: The next best thing to a trip to Hawaii

I don’t have a beach trip planned this summer, but I really wish I did. There’s something about the smell of the salt water that makes me feel so relaxed–or maybe it’s the margaritas on the sand. I recently discovered Love + Salt hair and body spray by Olivine Atelier, and even though I’m just watching my kids play in the sprinkler in our backyard, I feel just a little bit like I’m at the beach. And I’m loving it. The thing about salt water, and that amazing ocean air, is that at least for me, it gives my hair these impossibly perfect...

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How to get the best shave at home: 8 tips from a master barber who knows

With Father’s Day coming up, we know a lot of you are considering fancying up the shaving collection of the  menfolk in your lives. So we’re thrilled to be teaming up with our newest sponsor, Dollar Shave Club, who if you don’t know, is one super cool company. Just look at their website. Go. Do it. We can wait. Essentially Dollar Shave Club delivers the best razors and coolest grooming supplies right to your doorstep every month, all for just a few bucks. (Thus, the name, get it?) These aren’t just any products, by the way; how could we not be smitten with a razor nicknamed The...

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Kale for your face? New Eminence Organics skin care products are a new way to get your greens.

It seems like everywhere I turn there’s a new way to eat kale. From chips to salads, the curly green leaf is easily the roughage du jour. So when Cool Mom Picks skin care fave Eminence Organics introduced me to their two latest products, each featuring kale as the star ingredient, I was interested to discover that it could be healthy for my face as well. I thought kale was best used in a green juice with pineapple and cucumber, but the new Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum changed my mind. I fell in love with the way the super-lightweight serum disappeared into my...

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Pharmaca delivers an eco-conscious, calming shopping experience. That’s a good prescription.

We’ve covered tons of smart skin care and beauty products, along with natural and organic products for babies and kids over the years. As in…tons. And so I’m really excited to discover so many of our favorites at Pharmaca, a natural, integrative pharmacy specializing in eco-conscious brands like the ones we already love and trust. Pharmaca’s headquarters are in Boulder near me, and they have over two dozen brick-and-mortar locations from Washington State to New Mexico. (Sorry east coasters, but that’s what online shopping is for.) I explored their newest location in Colorado, and I had the best time pointing out all of the awesome products on their shelves that we’ve featured on...

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Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum: Wrinkles, begone.

So I’ve officially entered the phase of life when I’m willing to try and find the best skincare for aging skin. Fortunately, 22-year olds in LA do the same thing, so I’m in good company. And recently I found an impressive professional line called Le Mieux which happens to make a really nice everyday facial moisturizer in the Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum for those of you not beyond “investing” in skincare. Actually it’s a moisturizer/serum combo, and if you’ve ever been to a fancy aesthetician who urges you to use both on your skin daily, you know that that’s a nice time-saver. The luxurious Collagen Peptide Serum...

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Home hair color that’s as good as any salon? We may have found it with Madison Reed.

Until last week, I thought shelling out upwards of $250 for highlights and a root-covering tint was totally legit. At least in my neck of the NYC metropolitan area. Then I discovered Madison Reed, a new home hair color company, and even this DIY hair color skeptic just might be a new convert. I dabbled in hair color from the box when I was a teenager living in the Midwest, but as soon as I moved to New York and worked in the beauty business, I admit getting hooked on the prestige of going to a celebrity colorist. But like so...

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3 fabulous non-toxic skin care lines that fight wrinkles only with good stuff.

As much as I want my anti-aging skincare products to tighten, tone and brighten,  I would rather they boast an ingredient list that passes the standards of the Skin Deep database, than give me the face of a 22-year-old at some long-term price to my skin. I’ve discovered some great new skincare lines free of toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances, and full of antioxidants and other healthy active ingredients. There is no shortage of natural and organic skincare on the market, but what makes these lines so great is that they don’t compromise performance for safety. They protect and perfect–all...

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The A Cream from Mio: The best firming body lotion with a surprising added benefit.

You might know the Mama Mio skincare line for pregnant mamas, and Mio is their new “high intensity” line aimed at helping your skin become more fit and healthy, which I’m pretty sure is code for anti-aging. The A Cream is a firming body cream that promises to tighten, moisten, and generally fortify skin while giving it a nice glow and soft scent.  It’s great as an after-shower lotion, especially on my pasty, dry, winter-dull legs as I prepare for spring dresses. But what really impresses me is how well The A Cream works at soothing sunburn. Confession time: I came a lobster recently, after...

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Chill out, Rapunzel. We found a new natural conditioner for kids even if their hair is 7 stories long.

Natural, nourishing baby shampoos are plentiful, but it can be a challenge to find an all-natural conditioner made for kids that can tame my daughter’s own  locks which hang down to her waist and curl at the end. Adorable until I’m trying to untangle it and she starts screaming and asks me if I’m actually her evil stepmother. So hooray for me–or us–because one of my favorite natural hair care brands  has just released two new natural hair  conditioners that are as fabulous as their other products.  – Find a terrific discount for our readers below –  I’m a huge...

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The eyes have it.

Thanks to the wonders of Photoshop and plastic surgery, I have become highly skeptical of ads touting any sort of miracle that comes in a bottle. With the combo of my mid-thirties and a perpetual sleep deficit, I’ve just come to label those purple bags under my eyes as punk rock. So you can imagine my surprise when a little glass bottle of eye serum made me pick up the mirror, move it into natural sunlight, and say the S word under my breath. It’s no surprise that I’ve found another product to love from Blissoma, a woman-run company...

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Earth Day Pick: 7 of our favorite natural skin care brands that you might not know.

We get to try a lot of amazing beauty products, and you can rest assured that one of the first things we do is read all the ingredients to see just how safe they are for our skin and yours. But of course, natural doesn’t always mean better (and to be fair, in some cases, better results doesn’t mean 100% natural). In honor of Earth Day, here are some of our favorite natural skin care brands from some of the smaller companies you may not know. They all maximize results and pampering while minimizing, well, pretty much everything yucky....

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An anti-aging cream from Lumene skin care that gives us one more reason to look forward to bedtime.

It was suuuuper fun sitting down with an aesthetician last week when she asked what kind of beauty products I was interested in, and I had to pause and mutter, “Uh….anti-aging cream I guess.” Though considering anti-aging beauty products are being marketed to women in their early 20’s these days, I suppose I’m in great company. If you’re with us (One of us! One of us!) then I have just the thing for you. Finnish beauty company Lumene skin care makes an ExCELLent Future Dual Boost Age-Defying and Repairing Night Cream that hardly rolls off your tongue. But what it lacks...

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Salma Hayek Nuance Makeup Remover gets us over our fear of celebrity cosmetics

I’m not usually one for celebrity cosmetics or perfumes. I always wonder how much they actually have to do with the development, beyond licensing their names. And I’d definitely be a little sheepish if I knew a houseguest was poking through my medicine cabinet and saw some pop star’s name on my foundation or something. So you can imagine why a sample of Salma Hayek Nuance Dual Phase Makeup Remover received in a goodie bag from who-knows-where sat unopened in my bathroom for months. Well, what a mistake that was. I can never quite find a makeup remover I...

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Gelato you clean with, thanks to Method body wash

If the only ice cream you’ve indulged in lately has come from the snow in your backyard, then you’re not alone. This winter has been relentless for so many of us, which makes the new gelato-inspired summer collection of  Method body wash and hand soap a welcome treat for our senses. Yes, body wash. We’re excited too. We love Method for their original flavor combos and fun collaborations with companies like Disney, and the new collection does not disappoint. Inspired by a bevy of frozen desserts you might spot in some fancy Tribeca boite, Method’s new scents include orange ginger sorbet, brambleberry gelato and vanilla creme....

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Terrific organic skin care for babies, moms, and women who used to be babies.

If you smell something delicious that’s like a cross between a creamsicle, a vanilla candle, and springtime (in the best possible way), it’s probably me. That’s because I’ve been using the organic skin care products from Summer Sky Organics. Specifically the Mandarin Vanilla Mama Belly Oil. Not on my belly, as I’m not pregnant. But pretty much everywhere else. Just like the rest of the products from this mama-run, organic skin care company, the belly oil has a variety of uses for mamas, expecting mamas, babies, and women who have never even been near a baby in their lives, but just...

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