Tag: skin care

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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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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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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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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The Crocodile Dundee of Australian skincare is luxe, all-natural, and super effective.

Remember when Crocodile Dundee said, “That’s not a knife; THIS is a knife?” Yeah. That’s how I feel about cheap face wash right now, because this new jojoba oil skin care line straight out of Australia is giving me major results. Every day is a g’day when I’m slathering myself in products by The Jojoba Company, and that’s not nearly as hokey as it sounds. My current regimen includes washing with the Purifying Citrus Foaming Cleanser, moisturizing with the CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum, and doing weekly masks with the Skin Refining and Brightening Face Mask. Although all the ingredients are...

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Subscription boxes made for moms as picky as we are.

Oh, boy, do we love gift subscription boxes for moms around here. Whether for self-pampering, kid activities, or great gifts for new moms, we’re all about adding the (well curated!) element of surprise to an otherwise dreary mailbox without having to do the hours of curation ourselves. Now Ecocentric Mom is another great option to add to the list, especially if you’re super picky about what you put on and in your body. Because they are indeed super, super picky. Ecocentric Mom (not to be confused with Egocentric Mom which would be a totally different kind of gift box) offers three different subscriptions:...

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BeautyDNA: Like match.com meets the best of the beauty subscription boxes

Beauty subscription boxes are definitely the new black. (Aw, remember when Birchbox was the only game in town?) But as fun as it is to receive a monthly box of mini beauty products, it’s frustrating when what’s inside doesn’t work for me. I’m also not a huge fan of samples that only last a day or two. Enter BeautyDNA–what I’m thinking of as the Match.com of beauty subscription services. Created by the folks who own the glossy beauty magazine New Beauty, Beauty DNA delivers one really well-thought out, full size beauty product each month, chosen specifically for your skin or hair type, with product recommendations courtesy...

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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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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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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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BeautyCamp NYC: Why it could be huge.

When a friend of mine emailed to tell me about her new endeavor, BeautyCamp NYC, I have to admit I was like…what? Why would a girl spend an entire week in the summer at a beauty camp learning about makeup tips, when she could be playing or swimming or learning coding or pretty much anything else? But then I looked closer. And you know? It’s grown on me. Here’s why. BeautyCamp would probably be more accurate if it were called ConfidenceCamp  or OhMyGodDon’tDoThatToYourEyebrowsEverAgain Camp (as our own Kristen once said when her daughter got a hold of some tweezers), but those names just...

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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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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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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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