Tag: skin care

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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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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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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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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A natural, foaming hand soap with all the watermelon scent, none of the pits.

I’ve been an avowed Mrs. Meyers fan ever since they let me run around in their laboratory, mixing up eco-conscious cleaning products and dabbing the basil fragrance behind my ears. My kids are fans now, too, as there’s nothing they love as much as their own foaming hand soap–especially when it smells like watermelon. The new Foaming Hand Soap from Mrs. Meyers contains the same 98% naturally-derived ingredients as the brand’s regular hand soaps, but are improved a thousand-fold in my kids’ eyes by the addition of exciting foam! And bubbles! They also love the new kid-friendly watermelon and apple...

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GlamGlow Mud: Like an expensive spa treatment, without the whole going to a spa part.

My mom started taking me to get facials when I was in middle school. Every month or so, we’d go to the spa at the gym where we had a membership, I think in an effort to avoid having to take me to a dermatologist. It worked, and I got hooked on that feeling of really, really clean, polished skin. But now that I’m a mom, it’s hard to find time to get away for that monthly facial. Plus, I spend all my facial money on coffee and preschool tuition. So I’m super excited that I’ve found GlamGlow Mud...

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A fantastic option for winter skin relief, besides a trip to a different climate.

I still remember reading an article in Cosmo in my twenties and laughing at the thought of eye wrinkles. I’m not laughing anymore. When I resolved to be better to my skin in the new year, I spent an hour at the health food store, reading packages and selecting my arsenal. As it turns out, the Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules from one of my favorite natural beauty brands, Weleda, have become my favorite weapon. I’ve been reading for years about how aging skin loves oil, but until now, I’ve been unsure of how much to use on my face to...

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A custom baby shower favor that won’t end up in the back of a drawer somewhere

If you’re on the hunt for a squee-worthy custom baby shower favor that people will actually use and love, look no further. We’ve found all-natural, handmade soaps with customizable wrappers and delicious scents that will look posh on display at the shower — and feel even more posh at home in the shower. Purple Mache on Etsy is a woman-run shop specializing in handcrafted bath goods made from high-quality, luxurious oils and local plants. Every soap I’ve tried is lovely, moisturizing, and bubbly. But what’s really cool about Purple Mache soaps is that you can buy them in bulk...

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Time to ditch the antibacterial hand soaps in favor of these 5 safe soaps for babies and kids.

If you’ve been following the recent news (and our own posts for the last few years), it  turns out that antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids they’ve claimed  to be. The FDA recently issued a statement saying that after 40 years of study, they’ve found no evidence that anti-bacterial agents, such as triclosan, are any more effective than regular soap and water in killing bacteria. Worse yet, triclosan and its like may be messing with our hormone levels and creating drug-resistant bacteria. Uh, no thanks!  While natural hand sanitizers are still a good option if soap isn’t...

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No trouble at all: getting your kids to love Dubble Trubble hair and bath products

We love yummy scented bath products here at CMP, especially ones that are kid-safe and eco-friendly. In my personal quest to go a little more organic in the new year, I’ve found a great new line of bath products from the UK that smell great, lather up nicely, and don’t cost a bloody fortune. Even better, I can even find them in my local Target, and if don’t want to leave my warm house, I can order them from the Target website too. Nice. Dubble Trubble comes to us via London hair stylist Daniel Galvin Jr, and I like them...

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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas: natural, affordable holiday edition soaps that make cleaning less of a chore

One of the little things I do over the holidays is swap out the grapefruit dish soap or lavender hand pump for something a little more festive. It’s a simple way to make everything feel more holiday-ish the second we walk in the door. It used to be that only the fancy, high-end boutique brands carried incredible fragrances, but now I love that so many favorite natural brands are making them readily available. Here, just a few favorites you can find online or as close as your local market.   Method Holiday Collection Method has always done a great...

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Ever wished you could bathe in a peppermint mocha?

I love my peppermint mocha latte as much as the next girl, so it’s a shame they’re gone so fast that all I’m left with is a whipped cream mustache and fond memories. But when you combine the delicious scent of peppermint and cocoa with luscious body products backed by organic and fair trade production, you’ve got a heavenly match that lasts longer than five mouth-burning minutes of bliss. Moksa Organics is a company based on love for nature, activism, and peace, so you know this Mistletoe Holiday Bath Set is as kind to the world as it is...

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The best lip balms for those cold weather chapped lips (darn them).

Chapped and cracked lips are no fun. First of all, ouch. Secondly? They make your lip gloss and lipstick look terrible. Third of all, they’re no fun to kiss. So in the hopes of a smooth-lipped winter, I’ve been slathering on some great lip balms. I found promising pout savers, and the good news is, one of them is already in your pantry. Ilia Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator  This is a potent little stick of lip-sloughing goodness. It’s loaded with teeny granules of organic volcanic stone powder (sounds fancy, I know), shea butter, and sunflower seed oil. It only takes...

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4 of our fave makeup removers in every price range, whether you need to wipe off a little mascara or a whole vampire face.

Um, I’ve seen what I look like in the morning if I haven’t washed off my makeup…and it’s downright scary. So I’m always on the lookout for awesome (and affordable) makeup removers. Here are four of our faves–just in time for Halloween faces or even a game of “beauty parlor” with your kids–each a different price point. $$$ La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution This light, magical liquid contains something called micelles, which lift dirt and makeup off the skin with the sweep of a cotton ball. Unlike a toner or other alcohol-based removers, though, La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution doesn’t dry...

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Unwanted dark spots? 2 great color correctors without the scary ingredients

My beauty dream would be to never have to wear foundation again. I would loooove to have perfectly even-toned skin, without a brown or red spot in sight. Sadly, that ship has sailed. I usually wear foundation and concealer to cover up unpleasant reminders of sun damage and past breakouts, and now I’ve found two great (and safe!) color corrector products in two different price ranges.   While there’s nothing quite like a visit to the derm for a laser treatment to fix uneven pigmentation issues (I’m a fan of Laser Genesis), these 2 over-the-counter fixes that actually do...

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