Tag: skin care

The Medik8 spa skincare system – two reviews, two kinds of skin, all kinds of wonderful

You know that feeling, that smell, those results (!!) of the skincare products from a really high-end spa? That’s just what we were hoping for when we tried out the Medik8 skincare line. But we had a few questions–what kind of skin is it good for? Can we get the same results using it ourselves without a cosmetology degree? And of course, is it worth the splurge? So we put it to the test with both Delilah and Liz, two different women with two very different skincare challenges. Pretty interesting to see where they came out! Delilah’s Concerns: Very...

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(Seed) Body Oils: It’s like PAM, but for your skin. (That’s a good thing, trust us.)

If you haven’t discovered the joys of body oil, let me tell you why it’s the bomb.  1. It’s all-natural with no fillers. 2. It has tons of uses. 3. It comes in spray form! And now I may have found a new favorite, should you be interested in taking the body oil plunge (so to speak). I’m a little in love with (seed) products, and their 100% natural Body Oil is no exception. When you look at the list of ingredients, every single thing on there is an actual oil, chock-full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Oils like...

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Finally, a guide to safe products for moms and babies. Also, an excuse to shop.

If you’re like me and on your second or third (or more!) kid, you already know which products will keep you feeling beautiful while you’re pregnant, and keep baby bouncy once she’s out in the world. You probably also hiss and hide behind your arm like a vampire from sunlight when you hear words like “phthalate” and “paraben.” But there are plenty of parents who have yet to learn how to tailor their bath and beauty routines to pregnancy, much less to which pastel bottle of lotion is better for baby. Good news: this book’s got the low-down, not...

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Willa Skincare for girls just old enough to care about such things

I learned two things painting faces at an Easter party: little boys really like to be painted as zombies, and wow, tweens and teens have seriously oily skin. So oily that you have to blot it before you can paint it. Yowza. I’m so glad to see that the products I used to combat my own pizza face as a kid have been replaced with far more sophisticated options. Willa skin care is a new line of tween and teen beauty products available online and exclusively in Target and JCREW Crewcuts. The look is fresh, the products were developed...

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Fashion and beauty fans – have we got the new site for you.

We may be beauty and fashion fanatics to some degree, but chasing after kids and working full-time means that we have less time than we like to spend on taking care of ourselves. Why do you think we’re such fans of online shopping? The one drawback: experimenting with new trends. So how fun that I had a chance try out the new site StyleUnited which happens to be our newest sponsor. (Yay!) And probably my newest addiction. Let’s just say StyleUnited is not at all what I thought it would be–some hard-sell catalog of products from one manufacturer. What...

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2 great new products to take on baby’s dry skin. (And maybe yours? We won’t tell.)

Whether you’re battling windy weather or baby skin conditions like eczema, we’ve got two great, all-natural lotions for keeping skin supple and decidedly un-lizard-like. Both of them contain the healing properties of calendula, and both of them rock. Zoe Organics first hopped on our radar with their phenomenal bath teas for baby–and mamas like me. When I mentioned that my son’s hands were peeling horribly from eczema, Zoe’s founder and CEO, Heather, sent over their Extreme Cream over right away. It was an instant hit with us both. He stopped crying, and I found that my hands looked much...

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Saving lives with soap. Yes, soap.

Hand-washing is big in our house, especially after that last bout of stomach flu, which has cured my son forever of licking the bathroom floor at Michael’s. (I kid. Mostly.) It’s easy to take something as simple as a bar of soap for granted, considering there’s an opportunity to wash off dirt and germs at every public and personal sink around our suburb. But not everyone is so lucky, and we’ve found a company dedicated to changing the world through soap. And you know what? It’s really nice soap, too. Organic and everything! SoapBox Soaps is the brainchild of...

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Love product samples? Yep, us too.

I’ve often wished that I could buy samples of items before trying them because with my luck, I end up grabbing the biggest bottle of something and then hating it later. Well with this new service from CMP fave Abe’s Market, you can do just that. The new Discover Natural Samples program is simply brilliant, especially if you’re like me and love to be able to try new lesser known products in small amounts before purchasing them. Simply browse their offerings and then pick three samples you’d like to try — everything from natural health and beauty products, to...

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A safer diaper wipe? Yep.

It always scares me when I see a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients on my baby’s personal care packages. Especially when said product is a diaper wipe, meant to touch the delicate nether regions of my little one. Thankfully, there’s a new wipe in town that contains only two ingredients–water and fruit extract. WaterWipes from the Irish brand DermaH2O, have just launched in the U.S. and they very well might be the purest wipes around. Made with 99.9% water and .1% grapefruit seed extract, these are wipes you can feel confident about. I am seriously turned off by any...

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A Dolphin Tale

“I got water in my eyes!” my son wailed.  But he wasn’t crying. Actually, he looked like he was trying to cry and couldn’t. “Doesn’t hurt, does it?” I said smugly.  And he shook his head no. A perfect chance to pitch a fit, lost to products that actually live up to their tear-free claim. Oh, and did I mention they’re also hypoallergenic, all natural, and organic? I’ve got to admit– Dolphin Organics impressed the heck out of me. The number one reason? Transparency. Each bottle is dominated by a large, clear label showing every single ingredient and its...

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The non-petroleum jelly that stole my heart (and lips)

Is petroleum jelly safe? Well, let’s say since having children, we’ve switched to kinder, gentler beauty products. No sulfates, no parabens, no horrible-things-that-might-cause-cancer-or-dye-the-children-pink. The one product I couldn’t let go of was petroleum jelly. But I’ve finally found a way to kick the habit, thanks to Live Clean Baby. I grew up with petroleum jelly. On my nose during the winter, on my lips at night, on my burns and scrapes. My mom always had a big tub in the bathroom for any job that couldn’t be accomplished by lotion and Chapstick. And then one day we learned we...

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A nursery that smells like…well, not the diaper pail.

My 8-month-old son’s nursery really stinks. He’s very prolific in the poop department, which means a Diaper Dekkor full of smelly diapers. Thankfully, I discovered a new spray that literally spritzes the stink away without icky chemicals. The spray is aptly called Kiddo Stink Away Spray and it’s from the toxin-free, aromatherapeutic skincare line Hellomellow which we fell in love with a couple years back. I’ve been spritzing it after every diaper change and it really works. My son’s room now smells like a delicious mix of essential oils rather than a public restroom. Nice way to start the...

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Dry winter skin? No thank you.

I’ve never been much of a shea butter gal. I know there are women who swear by it, but at least for my skin, it tends to be a little too gloppy and a little too rich. So I was somewhat surprised to find a shea-based face cream that I’m actually loving for these drying days of winter. [don’t miss a fantastic discount after the jump!] All of the products from beauty writer turned beauty product creator Elizabeth Dehn are 100% natural, with lots of nutritious minerals and no toxic ingredients at all. And oh the packaging is so...

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Buffy the Dry Skin Slayer

I love exfoliators, but I rarely buy them. Why? I hate digging my fingers into goop and then watching half of it ooze down the shower grate. But with the cold weather here and the radiators blasting, I’m happy to have found a yummy scrub that sidesteps the bad stuff, to leave you feeling lean, clean, and totally buff. Our friends at Mama Mio have put a stake in the heart of dry skin with OMega Body Buff Exfoliator. Squeeze some into your hand while the water heats up and rub it into your skin from neck to toes– before you ever...

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You’ve come a long way, honey.

If you like your bath products indie and laced with nutritive honey, then we’ve found a new line that’ll make you a bee-liever. Heh. Beecology has such a lovely array of bath and beauty products that I wanted to try one of everything. From shampoo and conditioner to soaps, lotions, and lip balm, all Beecology products are as natural and sustainable as accidental beekeeper and company founder David Rzepka can make them. They even let their customers choose which charities receive the 20% of net profits they donate each year through SweetYear.org. Rare as it is for someone who...

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The fountain of youth for your hands

They say your hands show your age. In which case I’m in trouble. The last time I tried to pamper my hands was when a relative gave me a Mary Kay Manicure Set as a gift that had been —gulp— used. There were fingernail gouges in the cream and a… let’s say, a uh…hair in the scrub. TMI? In any case, since having kids, it was definitely time to give it another go. If you’ve seen the effects of post-diaper change hand washing, or frequent Play-Doh scraping on your hands, you’ll love the Healthy Hand Regimen from our friends...

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Eco + Beauty + Free = Hello!

Good news mama! We are so excited to get to offer one of you a huge prize pack of amazing eco-friendly beauty, skincare, and haircare products, thanks to our exciting collaboration with PureWow and ecomom. We’re so pleased to be partnering with PureWow, a free daily lifestyle email for women that will keep you in the know about culture, fashion, beauty and more, and ecomom, a fantastic e-commerce site that’s a one-stop shop for safe products for kids and parents. Together, we’re offering one lucky winner $1000 worth of goodies (we know!) from CMP fave eco-brands like Pangea Organics,...

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Chantecaille makes skin happy

I have confessed before that I am an unapologetic makeup snob. My feeling has always been, you change your shoes, but you wear your face every day. That said, I’m willing to spend more money on great products, but only on the great ones. And not all of the pricy ones are great, as I’ve learned. But now I’ve finally found a tinted moisturizer that I’m simply smitten with. If you don’t know Chantecaille, it’s like my verison of upscale cosmetics nirvana–it’s a family-run business that’s authentically eco-friendly, wonderfully philanthropic, and committed to non-toxic ingredients and fantastic results. I...

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I am loving Motherlove

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. Cracked nipples? Not so beautiful, and painful to boot. The problem with a lot of the nipple creams on the market is their super chemically feel. Since your little one will be ingesting said ointment when she suckles, is it too much to ask that it be as pure as they come? Enter Motherlove. You can pronounce every ingredient and each one is organic. Every single one. A dab of this wunder cream will bring much needed relief to the not so fabulous side of breastfeeding. It feels light and super soothing to the...

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One of the best baby lotions goes fragrance free

More and more of our readers these days ask us for fragrance-free lotion recommendations for sensitive baby skin. And I don’t blame them. I still remember tossing the high-end European stuff that I got at my shower (by my own request), thinking that I didn’t need my newborn smelling like a Bloomingdale’s perfume counter. So I’m thrilled that one of my favorite brands, the MD Moms, has taken the plunge into the unscented baby lotion world. I’ve been a raging crazy avid fan of the MD Moms since I first met these two smart, lovely pediatricians–and their innovative baby...

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