Category: Beauty + Style

Primal Pit Paste review: A natural deodorant that really works. Really. Stop making that face.

If we’re going to talk about natural deodorant, there’s no way it’s not going to get a little TMI up in here, which I’m okay with if you’re okay with. Because if you’re like me, you’ve had to use the strongest deodorant formulas, you know, the ones in the box that are one step down from prescription level, and you don’t feel so great about slathering it under your arms every morning and then scrubbing like crazy to get it off. That’s where Primal Pit Paste natural deodorant comes into the story and saves the day. Our beauty expert Kristyn Rudnet actually...

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The silver lining of the Mylan EpiPen price hike news, from a mom of a child with food allergies

When we first discovered my oldest daughter was allergic to peanuts and could have an anaphylactic reaction, our allergist told us that keeping EpiPens with her at all times could mean the difference between life and death. Think about that as a parent. Death. Of your child. You can bet that since that day, she has never gone anywhere without her EpiPens. And since that day, we have had a huge additional annual expense that definitely puts a a strain on our budget. But, that’s what you do to keep your kids safe. So you can imagine that we’ve been all ears when it comes...

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Toothbrushes delivered right to you door. This is our kind of tooth fairy.

When I got an email about Boka oral care subscription boxes, I got pretty excited because I am a little obsessed with toothbrushes. Yes, I’m the one who disinfects them after illnesses, tosses them pretty consistently every 3–4 months, and never ever goes to bed without flossing. That’s what you get when you work for a dentist all throughout high school and college. So when I heard I could get a box with a new toothbrush, paste, and floss delivered to my door every three months, I was elated, and when the Boka Box arrived at my door, it did not disappoint. Related:...

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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 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: 5 cool fall and winter staples we love

I love a Nordstrom sale, and their Anniversary Sale is no exception, because you can get great discounts on brand new items. So, if you’ve got a little cash stashed, here are 5 of my favorites, all fabulous fall and winter staples, if I do say so myself, that I’m coveting. Cool Mom Picks is a reward style affiliate.  Related: Cool shorts alternatives – Yes mamas, you can wear culottes Spanx faux leather leggings I’m a huge fan of these faux leather leggings, because they’re super flattering and pretty comfortable, at least for Spanx anyway. I wear them all winter long,...

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Our favorite summer sports bra to keep you stylish and supported

The ladies in my Zumba workout class have been seriously bringing it when it comes to stylish workout gear lately. And even though I remind myself that it’s not a competition (something I have to tell myself a lot when we get to the Latin dance portion), I sometimes like to step up my usual I’m-just-here-to-get-gross-and-sweaty look. So what’s hot right now in the world of workout clothing? The fancy back sports bra, like this Free To Be sports bra from Lululemon, which I’ve been wearing way more than at the gym. This bra is simple enough that I don’t need a team of experts...

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A cool custom ring we love, for a cause we love too.

We’re been dedicated followers of FashionABLE for a while now. What’s not to love about their sleek leather goods, gorgeous scarves, and minimalist jewelry? Plus, when you make a purchase from their website, you’re providing employment to women in need, domestically or halfway around the world. Related: FashionABLE jewelry and accessories that give back in an amazing way Right now we’re especially fond of this affordable Phrase Ring, which allows you to print your own two-word mantra right onto the metal face. I think this could be a sweet gift to someone embarking on a big adventure — like a new...

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The handiest travel bag for parents? Found it.

I’m not even sure when I got the Baggu tote pack, but over the years (yes, it’s been that long), it has been a huge travel lifesaver for me, time and time again. And even better, it’s currently on super sale. This bag is an upgraded drawstring backpack, carrying just enough essentials for you or your kids, whether you’re on a plane, a hike, a camp, you name it, but in my opinion, much more comfortably (and stylishly). They’ve since added tote handles to the newer version of the bag, which means you can carry it on your back or as a...

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Hot fashion trend: Fringe bikini tops hide your not-so-favorite trouble spots

Confession: I don’t love my stomach. And while I really want to feel super confident sporting a bikini, I just never have been able to get there. That was until I discovered the fringe trend, which is a very cool way to still wear a bikini but keep my not-so favorite, post-4-kids part under wraps. If you’re like me and don’t necessarily want a tankini or one-piece bathing suit, but still want to camouflage your stomach a bit, then check out these five fun fringe bikinis that will do just that. CMP is an rstyle affiliate 1. Luli Fama underwire fringe bikini...

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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 EWG 2016 safest sunscreens for kids: which are most affordable?

Every year, we have turned to the Environmental Working Group’s Annual Guide to Sunscreens to help us make more educated decisions about what are the safest sunscreens to slather on our kids (and ourselves) each summer. But we often find that when you break down the prices, whoa — it’s expensive to get safe sunscreens for kids! Especially considering how much we’re using. So this year we thought we’d take a good look at their short list of the EWG Best Kids’ Sunscreens, find the average prices online (generally from Amazon, Drugstore.com, or the brand’s own website if the product isn’t widely available at...

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The best bug sprays for Zika virus protection and how to apply them safely. Because we’d like to panic as little as possible about our kids, thanks.

This year, the Zika virus is on my mind (and everyone else’s, I imagine) so I’ve been avidly researching the best bug sprays for Zika virus protection. It happens that my daughter is extremely allergic to mosquito bites, so when she goes outside in the summertime, I make sure she’s covered head to toe in insect repellent — and for extra precaution, she wears one of those wristband mosquito repellents too. So you can see that this is an issue for me.   Do Non-Toxic Bug Sprays work against the Zika virus? Because she wears so much spray, I...

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What we think about THINX Period Underwear: An honest review, with all the details.

After 25 years as a woman with a period, you can’t blame me for growing tired of the monthly tampon, pad, and pantyliner rotation. Sorry, no menstrual cup love from me — though I know lots of ladies love them. So, after seeing the Facebook ads for THINX period underwear and then a review from a fellow, trusted blogger, I figured it couldn’t hurt to get a pair and try them. Not just for myself but quite honestly, more for my tween who is about to be entering her period years. (And sorry Sweetie, for embarrassing you completely.) If you’re wondering “Hold...

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Keepsake jewelry under $75 that makes a meaningful gift for your favorite grad.

‘Tis the season for graduations, whether you’ve got a new college graduate in the family, a niece or nephew graduating from high school, or like me, a sixth grader moving up to middle school. Sniff. While so many of us are looking for just the right special, personalized gift, I am always happy to share ideas that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. (Because, hey college will do that for you. Heh.) I was really happy to find some thoughtful, affordable graduation gift ideas for anyone on your list — grade school through college — when I browsed through the selection from our newest sponsor, HeidiJHale...

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A special gift for a special anniversary, in honor of May is Gold Month

To commemorate the Cool Mom Picks 10th anniversary (!!) I wanted to share a special gift with Liz, something that would visibly remind us of this exciting milestone. It didn’t take too long to land on the idea of jewelry, considering we’re both accessories junkies — as our readers no doubt know by now — but it couldn’t be just any jewelry. I finally committed to a truly beautiful custom karat gold necklace from Julian & Co, one of our favorite indie, mom-run businesses. So I’m thrilled to share the journey behind my design collaboration with designer Tania Condon of Julian & Co and the gorgeous final result both Liz...

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7 Pantone inspired rose quartz handbags to help you swing into spring.

By now, the fashion fans among us surely know about the Pantone colors of the year, a dreamy serenity blue and a pretty rose quartz. While the colors were announced during the winter, I know I’m not generally big on pastels until the weather warms up. Which means that now, I’m excited to check out some new rose quartz handbags in particular. New accessories can be a fast, affordable way to get your wardrobe on trend without swapping out every item you own. Or…a fast, not affordable way to get your wardrobe on trend. Totally depends on your budget. (Or the budget of a generous...

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A new twist on the Mother’s Day macaroni necklace

How do you repay the woman who gave you endless encouragement, provided countless meals, sacrificed hundreds of hours of sleep, put a roof over your head, and stood cheering in oppressive heat or laughable rainstorms for an unforgivable number of soccer tournaments? With a necklace made of stale pasta and string, obviously. Of course I realize now I can never really repay my mother’s love. Not with any jewelry. But I do think she’ll love this gorgeous throwback Porcelain Macaroni Necklace that we spotted at Food 52. Cue the nostalgia. Related: The 2016 Cool Mom Picks Mother’s Day Gift Guide I think this clever macaroni necklace delivers...

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Gorgeous accessories to help moms in need, thanks to Jessica Seinfeld’s Good+ Foundation.

We’ve been fans of Jessica Seinfeld’s charity Baby Buggy for a long while now. For the past 15 years, they’ve provided more than 20 million essential children’s supplies to low-income families in NYC and LA, and our own editor Liz is among their “Friends” board of advisors. Now, they’ve rebranded as the the Good+ Foundation to be able to help even more families, with a broader mission. For one of their first initiatives, right in time for Mother’s Day, they’ve teamed up with HSN to launch a line of fashionable items that may be perfect for a mom in your life. Or hey, maybe even...

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6 of the most beautiful lockets for Mother’s Day: Good luck picking a favorite.

With just two weeks until Mother’s Day, I need to get serious about finding the perfect gift for my own mom. And I’d better start dropping hints like crazy if I’m hoping for something extra-special like one of these beautiful and timeless lockets that I can wear close to my heart. We found 6 of the prettiest lockets — so sweet and heartfelt, it might be hard to choose a favorite. But pay attention to lead times for ordering and delivery. If you think you may be cutting things too close, message the jeweler directly to see if they can get your gift here in time. After all, we don’t...

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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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A hot new line of diaper bags from a designer who’s not so new to them at all.

I recently got wind of the hot new line of Newlie diaper bags created by Leslie Newton, who might be best known as the Leslie of Timi and Leslie. I have to say, I’m impressed. And I’m a mom who doesn’t impress that easily when it comes to accessories, whether they’re meant to hold spare diapers or not. As with so many diaper bags these days, Newlie diaper bags are designed to look like nothing of the sort. It’s only the a wipe-clean interior, zillions of pockets, and a sizeable insulated pocket on the inside of each bag that gives its primary use away. That pocket is perfect...

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Crazy cat ladies? We’ve found our handbag!

I’ve just discovered the cutest new handbag, The Kinsley Kat, and it’s likely to be pouncing to the top of a few of our accessory wish lists for spring. Designer Sylvia Soo created this adorable clutch for her young niece, but its understated styling (and not so understated price) makes it a lot more versatile than your average tween/teen animal accessory. I can picture it as a clutch that complements a little black dress for a full-grown woman with more whimsical style, but it could also look great worn with the optional strap and jeans if you’re going for a more everyday look. I also love...

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A lucky charm we love for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.

You know what they say: If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough. Yet on St. Patrick’s Day, we couldn’t resist posting about his adorable little wishbone lucky charm from one of our favorite indie jewelry companies, Julian & Co. We have loved supporting mom-run Julian & Co. since their launch back in 2007 when she was making tiny ID tag bracelets and baby footprint jewelry to commemorate her own very premature baby — who we’re happy to report is now a healthy, amazing tween. Also growing is artist Tania Condon’s selection of handcrafted jewelry which is impressively top-of-the-line in quality and design, but still...

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Trend alert: diaper bags are going chic with black and white this spring

We’re happily getting ready for kid number four at our house, and with that, a return to diapers. While I’m not exactly excited about the wiping bottoms part, again (because, really, who is?), I am excited to find a new chic diaper bag to tote around all my stuff. I’m happy to report that this spring the trend is black and white. Very classic! Plus, it really goes with anything you choose to wear (barring baby spit-up). Related: 10 of the best diaper bags under $150 From florals to stripes and everything in-between, we’re seeing lots of statement-making black and white diaper bags....

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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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10 super simple tips for modeling healthier behavior for your kids.

We admit it, we’re not always the perfect models of healthy behavior. And we know our kids take in eeeeverything. But old habits die hard, whether it’s making a few questionable food choices in front of our kids (ahem), or driving two blocks to the store when we totally could have walked. (Come on, suburban parents, admit it — who’s done it?) That’s why we’re happy to team up with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. It’s providing health and wellness solutions to schools across America, and working to increase school breakfast awareness and participation, so that more kids can start their day with the fuel they need to...

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