Tag: beauty products

SPAWNED Episode 7 (because we skipped 6): PANTIES. AGAIN.

We know, we know, we’re talking about panties again on our latest SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz podcast episode. But this time, it’s literal grown-up panties at the request of a listener, not metaphorical ones like we did a couple of weeks ago. We chat about whether kids seem to be growing up too soon these days, plus as always, our cool picks of the week. Take a listen here: Or go right to Spawned on iTunes or listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. Links from SPAWNED Episode 7 (because we skipped 6) So, upon listener...

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An all-natural skin care line that’s seriously awesome. Even if the name is silly.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first of a company with a nonsensical name like Meow Meow Tweet natural skin care products, but I’ve been quickly won over by their hand-crafted products. The small-batch skin care company makes everything in Brooklyn using only organic ingredients, like raw plant oils and cold-pressed essential oils, and all of their products are preservative-free, vegan, and certified cruelty-free. And the packaging! I’m a sucker for lotions and potions in glass bottles. Besides being better for the environment than plastic, they just look so fancy on my bathroom counter — if out of reach of the kiddos, of...

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Delilah cosmetics: The new makeup line I will cry over when it runs out.

I like trying new makeup, but I’m also ridiculously picky. I tend to have a cosmetics bag full of lots of different brands because one makes a good mascara, another makes the perfect smudgy liner. You get it. However Delilah Cosmetics, a new high-end line of luxury cosmetics out of Britain that just hit our own shores, may be the first brand that seems to get everything right. I mean, everything. I can’t believe it myself, but I think I’ve fallen seriously in love with every single sample I tried. Just ask every female relative, cosmetics junkie, and makeup artist I have talked to about it...

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The best beauty tips from my mother — and the other beautiful women in my life.

Beauty is a delicate thing to talk about, especially as a mom raising girls. I want my girls to feel great about themselves no matter what; but I can’t deny that beauty is a part of our society — whether you define that as simply putting yourself together like you made some effort, knowing how to look appropriate in various social settings, remembering to brush your hair before school (how come that one never sticks?), or just thinking twice before lining the inside of your eyelids with fat, sparkly turquoise eye pencils in 8th grade. Okay, so that last one was me. I’ve been talking to...

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You know it’s natural nail polish when there’s spinach in it

I’m known to friends as slightly (ahem) neurotic when it comes to using eco and natural products for everything from face creams to house cleaners, so a line of natural nail polishes called Play Love Laugh from Hugo Naturals for my kids? A no-brainer. They get a freshly-painted thumbs up from all of us. The polish is free from the five main chemical offenders in nail polish, but also all kinds of others including FD&C dyes. And because it’s made from all non-toxic ingredients that include fruits and veggies — yup, even spinach — it’s actually a great choice for kids who suck on...

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Naturally gentle baby skincare from everyone’s favorite giraffe

Other than diapers and onesies when it comes to babies, is there anything more iconic than Sophie the Giraffe? Even my friends without kids recognize the now ubiquitous French baby teether. So so it makes sense that she’s branching out into the new Sophie la Girafe Bath and Baby line. (So fancy, that giraffe.) This is a new line of natural and organic beauty and bath products made just for babies, and when I say natural and organic, the folks who created the Sophie baby skincare line have really done their homework, eliminating potential allergens, synthetic perfumes and dyes, no-no’s for parents like parabens and phthalates, and...

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The best nail shades of the Pantone spring 2015 colors. Also the most affordable way to stay on trend.

We’re digging our way out of the snow yet again this weekend, and I, for one, am soooo ready for spring. For the moment, however, looking at Pantone’s cheery palette of spring 2015 colors will have to do. As much as we’d love designer handbags in all these shades, nail polishes is a far easier — and less expensive — way to stay on trend. Plus you won’t be paying off your credit card bills when the next seasons’s colors are released. I’ve compared all the Pantone 2015 colors from Aquamarine to Marsala from all of our favorite nail polish brands to track down the most perfect match for each...

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3 of the best BB creams for any busy woman without a lot of time in the morning

I’ve been using BB creams since I first discovered them years ago thanks to my Birchbox subscription, and I’ve never gone back to using anything else, though surprisingly enough, not a lot of women I know have used one. If you’re wondering what the heck a BB cream is, it stands for Beauty Balm, but I describe it as a product that falls in between a tinted moisturizer and foundation; light to medium coverage that evens your skin tone and gives your skin an extra boost of nutrients and SPF. I realize that everyone’s skin is different, and I’ll...

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Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara: Call us its new biggest fans.

I’ve been using the same awesome drugstore-brand mascara for as long as I can remember because, well, it works and costs me less than $10. But I was introduced to the Givenchy Noir Couture mascara on a recent trip to Sephora, and let’s just say I’ve never seen my eyes look like this. Ever. In a good way. Consider this mascara a regular fixture in my makeup bag from now on. What’s cool about this particular mascara is that it contains keratin and peptides, which means it gives your lashes a little extra boost of nutrients while making them look fabulous. And...

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A zit stick that actually works, and fast. Yes, please.

I had the opportunity last year to try Bremenn Clinical, a line of mid-priced corrective skincare products and I’ll be honest, nothing was exactly 100% right for my own skin type. I’ve heard good things about it from people I trust though, so maybe I’m supposed to be 19 like the model on the website? That, I’m not. However, like the model on the website (presumably), I do get zits from time to time. And so last week, in a moment of desperation, I tried the Bremenn Clinical Strength Emergency Zit Stick that had been hanging around my bathroom, and whoa…this is a great product! Bremenn calls the Zit...

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9 creative makeup storage ideas from sushi mats to candy jars

Confession: I’m still using the not-so-clean plastic Caboodle I got as a high school graduation gift. (Editor’s Note: Noooooo!) So it’s clearly way past time for me to look for some fresh new ways to keep my makeup organized. There are plenty of those lucite cosmetics organizers out there in the drugstores, but I’ve been looking for some more creative, unexpected makeup storage ideas that will give my vanity a needed pop of personality. But of course, it has to keep my stuff accessible too all without making my bathroom look like the MAC counter at Nordstrom. So I spent a ton of time searching the...

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Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil: Just, wow.

This year, I was delighted to be treated to a most surprising gift: A bottle of Revitalizing Body Oil from the brand Tata Harper, which is not new to these pages but was new to me. Since then, I have not stopped telling friends about it. Seriously. Ask the rest of the Cool Mom Picks team and they’ll be like, “we know! we know!” As someone who is super picky about lotions, oils, and other beauty products (and gets to sample a whole lot of them) I’m not often so impressed so quickly. If you’re looking for an incredibly indulgent, luxury...

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Sponsored Message: How to win free haircuts for a year

This is a sponsored message from Joico   To help save families a little time and money this new year, JOICO hair care products and Great Clips salons are teaming for a huge giveaway that could score you free haircuts (and some awesome products) for an entire year. Enter their Savvy Savings Sweepstakes, which is giving 10 lucky winners free Great Clips haircuts for a year, plus a JOICO haircare package that includes a year’s supply of the popular K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. That’s over $420 worth of prizes, and entering is easy.   While you’re on the site, don’t miss a special offer on JOICO K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor,...

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3 fun long lasting lipsticks for the holidays that actually work

I’ve been obsessed with bold lip colors ever since I got a pixie cut a couple of months ago, but after reapplying way too often during the day (hello, coffee addiction) I decided I needed to switch to long-lasting lipsticks. But if you’ve tried them, you know that too often they’re not really long-lasting. So I decided to put three popular brands to the test (yes, I even kissed my hand to show you how well they stayed on), all in colors that I think are perfect for the holidays. “What, no red?”  you ask. And sorry, no reds, ladies. It’s all...

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A natural skincare gift for your cosmetic junkie friend in need of rehab.

If you have a cosmetics junkie friend–you know what I mean–it may be time for a gift that takes thing back to a natural, cleansing place. And a new line I just discovered,  Board and Batten, could be a perfect fit with their “farm to skin” products–kind of like farm to table, only you know. For skin. There is no shortage of high-quality non-toxic skincare brands out there, but I love a brand that sources all of its ingredients from their very own Florida farm, and handcrafts the products in small batches, too. You won’t find parabens, GMOs, sulfates or synthetic fragrances here. Instead, expect skin-loving natural ingredients like...

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Sponsored message: 14 surprising ways to use Aquaphor that you might not have considered

This is a sponsored message from Aquaphor Healing Ointment.  Busy parents can always appreciate products that do double duty, but when it’s got more uses than you have fingers to count on — especially if it’s something you might already have in your medicine cabinet, like Aquaphor Healing Ointment, then it might just make you sit up and take note. So it’s no surprise that for the 90 years Aquaphor has been around, parents have discovered these 14 surprising ways you can use Aquaphor, from baby care to beauty tricks.     1. Take care of diaper rash.  Aquaphor can be used to keep diaper rash cream on baby’s bum and off the...

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Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick: Time saving beauty product alert

Trying to get four kids out the door in the morning means I need a super quick, super easy makeup routine (hello, time saving beauty products) which is why the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks I picked up during a rare solo trip to Sephora a few weeks ago are my new favorites. And in blue, even! I usually just pop on a bit of my blush as eyeshadow for my weekday look–if I can even call it “my look”–but now that I have these sticks, my eyes have way more pop in the same amount of time. As in, none. The...

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If you can’t get to the spa, Spa Heroes brings the spa to you. In a box.

I’m really digging the newest spin on beauty subscription boxes, which are now providing full sized products  instead of appealing to the dabblers with a bunch of trial-sized samples. Along with BeautyDNA, the newest beauty subscription service to enter the full sized category is called Spa Heroes. Each Spa Heroes beauty box contains a spa product carefully vetted by a panel of ingredient-savvy professionals who only choose products free of stuff like parabens, hydroquinone and propylene glycol. Spa Heroes speaks to my green juice-loving side since all products are also formulated to go beyond beauty and support well-being–just like a trip to the spa. Your products will arrive in the most...

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Temporary hair color for Halloween: 3 good options you won’t be washing out by Thanksgiving

With my daughter finally (finally!) deciding on going trick-or-treating as Iris, the Goddess of the Rainbow, we’ve been trying out different temporary hair color options to figure out what makes sense for her. Especially on her dark brown hair. So far we’ve narrowed it down to a few contenders. They’re not perfect, as no temporary hair color ever is, but for a night of fun that we won’t still be scrubbing out weeks later, here’s where I’m panning out. Plus, some tips. In other words, please allow my mishaps to be helpful for you.   Streekers We gave Streekers temporary hair color a try...

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Congrats to the Martha Stewart American Made winners. So much goodness!

From the woman who tells us everything that’s “a good thing,” there are now ten more good things for us all to discover via the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 winners. Here’s just a few we’re amazingly impressed with. Kalon Studios: Michaele Simmering and Johann Pauwen’s gorgeous modern furniture is all designed in LA and US-made. From a gorgeous handmade crib we recently featured in our black and white nursery roundup,  to a modern play tent and plenty of modern craft furniture for adults, we’re coveting all of it.   Heather Lins is a Madison mom making very cool DIY embroidery kits that make terrific gifts for...

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