Friday

Sun Daze

It felt like winter would never end, but now that days of golden sun are upon us, it’s time to shed our winter skin care and embrace a warmer glow. We have the summer essentials to keep you looking radiant with minimal effort.

Block Party
You need to be gentle with your skin as you transition outside from the great indoors. We recommend protecting your delicate facial skin from the sun’s harsh rays with KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen SPF 30 (Sephora.com). This ultra-sheer, soothing suncare solution is made with Yoghurt, which is rich in skin-repairing proteins, helping to keep the skin nourished. While providing daily broad spectrum UV coverage, the silky texture and weightless finish allow for the sunscreen to wear beautifully under makeup.

FaceTime
When you first come out of your winter hibernation, your facial skin is most vulnerable to environmental pollutants and toxins. We cannot resist ItCosmetics Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer (ItCosmetics.com) brighten our summer complexion. It instantly hydrates and transforms our skin through a powerful cocktail of penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients for anti-aging results.

Skinny Dipping
When you have the option to jump into a pool take it. Don’t waste the opportunity because your mascara is going to run. Instead, stock up on Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Mascara Top Coat (Cargocosmetics.com). It will transform any mascara to be tear-proof, sweat-proof and waterproof. This invisible formula will coat lashes with a lightweight waterproof seal while maintaining the performance of your favorite non-waterproof mascara.

In the Buff
Buff away dry, dead skin to awaken healthy radiant cells. We slough off with the first body scrub from Dove. Their Exfoliating Body Polish (Dove.com) scrubs and nourishes skin to help streamline your skincare routine. Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream, Dove Exfoliating Body Polish works to remove dull, dry skin while providing the nourishment skin needs.

Monday

Feel Cozy this Fall

Kick back in your black booties and plush turtleneck sweaters, fall is here. As you cozy up to the crisp weather, don’t forget to transition your skincare routine with the season’s comfiest skincare products.

Skip the Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you need an energizing boost, then check out It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. This multitasking must-have combines SPF 50+, anti-aging serum and color correcting ingredients for an instantons makeover. It’s simple to apply, just dab a dot on your forehead, cheekbones and chin, then blend together to resolve uneven skintone. You’ll love the lightweight finish and just because the sun isn’t blazing, doesn’t mean you can neglect your sunscreen, but don’t worry, we got you covered.

Feed Your Body
Packing more of a sweet treat than an old-school candy shop, why not have your cake and bathe in it too? We are sweet on Being Salted Caramel & Macadamia Shower Burst
because it smells delicious without getting cloying.  Drizzle it over your skin and get set for some deliciously laid-back vibes. It’s so caramelicious bae will wanna eat you up.

Magnificent Mane in Minutes
From the moment you wakeup, you are on the go, so stock up on a hair essential that works as hard and fast as you do. We adore OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray because you spritz it on your wet hair, use your fingers to detangle your locks, then let the advanced styling formula take care of the rest. It even lasts if you pull your hair into a tight ponytail – after you release your strands, you’ll find soft, tussled waves. Just because you don’t have time to blow-dry doesn’t mean you can’t look great.

Got some favorite Fall beauty tips? Send us a message

Friday

Self-Care for the Mommy Sect

As a new mom you learn to prioritize your day around your baby. Unfortunately, this often means sacrificing self-care activates in favor of scraping ketchup out of your kiddo’s hair. Before you go too far down this path, consider that if you get too exhausted and wear yourself down to the point that you can no longer helm the ship, your family may be headed for a wreck. So, what to do? The answer is make the most of each moment, which means multi-tasking skincare products are now your best friend. We have a three-step routine to wash away stress and grime, leaving you feeling physically and emotionally refreshed.

Don’t give up schlepping your stroller to the park because the sweat makes your makeup run and t-zone breakout. Instead, remove dirt and cleanse your complexion with It Cosmetics Miracle Water. It is a 3-in-1 anti-aging tonic that purifies, brightens and moisturizes without stripping skin of essential nutrients. There is no better feeling than tucking your little one into bed, then retiring to the bathroom for a 5-minute pampering session. Simply pour several drops onto a cotton round to nourish your skin without rinsing. For a fun bonus, toss it in your diaper bag and share a swipe with your mom friends – you’ll become the most popular mommy on the playground.

Tackling tough skincare issues means relying on your rich, luxurious knight in shining armor. No, we aren’t talking about your hubby, we’re talking about night cream. It’s no mystery why some people awake with flawless skin, the solution is in the SecretSauce (from It Cosmetics). This moisturizer instantly hydrates skin while deeply absorbing powerful anti-aging and restorative ingredients into your parched cells. You may not have time for facials or peels, but this results-driven brand reports that 94% of participants in a clinical study, said their skin looked radiant, healthy, soft and smooth.  

One of the most annoying pieces of advice that I received before my baby was born, was to “get as much sleep as you can NOW, because after the baby comes you won’t be sleeping soundly for the next 18-years...” As a mom and psychotherapist, this is not a funny situation to normalize. Among the many benefits your kids will get from sleep training – like structure, consistency and well, sleep – you are demonstrating a valuable lesson in self-worth. I’m not here to debate the merits of sleep-training, but it is of critical importance to prioritize sleep. When it comes to the hierarchy of needs, until your basic needs get met (i.e. sleep, food, water, etc), you cannot begin to address your needs for safety, psychological security, and becoming a self-actualized person. Translate this information into any action that ensures a restorative sleep on a regular basis.

Make the most of your day (and night!) so you can be the best mommy possible (spoiler alert: perfection does not exist!)



Find Your Summer Skincare Romance

The insufferable summer weather can ruin more than just a silk blouse. You can't exclusively blame the sweltering heat, oppressive humidity, and spontaneous rain storms for dampening your natural radiance. We even get betrayed by our beloved daily moisturizer, which along with sweat, clogs pores.  Time for a new skincare romance.

Meet the best summer products that will restore your healthy tone and texture to make you fall in love with your skin.

After a weekend in Vegas, our skin (and wallets) needed some TLC. Days poolside in the Cabana with cocktails, followed by nights on the town, resulted in a forehead breakout and tired, dull eye area. We were in major need of a skintervention and sought the unparalleled benefits in this cleanser. It is a multitasking miracle product that immediately calmed our inflamed skin, and went to work repairing and rejuvenating our depleted skin. The results were instantaneous - after a single wash our combination skin looked healthier and more hydrated. This powerful cocktail of anti-aging ingredients will keep us nourished for the rest of the summer.

Keep this potion in your pocket for instant protection from the sun, pollution and frustration. There's nothing worse than slathering on SPF only to find that it rubs in like clown makeup. We love this product because it's pigmented and matte, for a flawless finish so there's no risk of looking like a Times Square performer. It's small enough to keep in your purse and be pulled out a moments notice when the sun starts beating down. Also add a dab to your neck and ears to avoid pesky sunburns, and extend your afternoon rosé all day.

Organic to Green’s Coco Oil
Organic to Green’s Coco Oil is widely popular due to the fact that it never turns solid and there are more ways to use it than you can imagine. No seriously, it’s a jack-of-all-trades that has a surplus of beauty benefits. Coco Oil is made with 100% pure and gentle coconut oil and unlike most of its kind, It is non-greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging pores. Blended with additional organic and natural botanicals – and now with no fragrance, it's an easy way to care for the body. Bonus, it works for the most sensitive and allergy-prone skin types, this product is perfect for sharing with your buddy (or baby).

Wednesday

What are the Best Skin Products for Mom this Summer?

Hey momma, whether you are on 2-hours of sleep, or can't take your eyes off your toddling tyke, you definitely don't have the spare time to dedicate hours (or minutes!) to an intricate skincare regimen. Even more, you probably don't have the time to research the best skin care products to keep your complexion perfection in a fraction of the time.

We've put together a few summer skin (and time!) savers to keep on hand so you can expend your energy on more important things...like keeping your baby from putting your cell phone charger in her mouth (um...may or may not have happened in our home this morning!)

About Face:
If you keep one product in your diaper bag, make it SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense. It has the consistency of a mousse for an easy application without a mirror. It is oil absorbing to not only protect your skin from the sun (SPF 50), but reduces your shiny t-zone. As an added bonus, it creates an airbrushed finish effect to make it look like you put some effort into your appearance (let's be honest, who has the time!?). The science-y formula nourishes your skin while hiding fine lines and those brown spots you got during pregnancy (chloasma).

Swish, Swish, Lips:
You should never be forced to decide between healthy lips and kissing your baby. Moms can't wear goopy lip products, so we need to stick to effective basics. I love ItCosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment because it glides on my mouth, adding a kiss of color, without transferring onto my baby when I maul her with snuggles. I don't have time to ensure my liner, lipstick and gloss are crisp, so toss that trio for an easy-peasy single stick trick.

Stick Up:
There is a good chance you forgot to put on deodorant today, and only shaved one of your armpits, but there ain't no shame in the mom game. Instead, just keep a bottle of
Dove Sheer Fresh Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant in your stroller bag and top up when you need a refresher. It's a masterful mom ally, because it covers up the scent of a busy morning, while keeping you protected the rest of the day. You can apply it after you're dressed for the day without ruining your blouse. We love the fragrance of clean finish because you won't smell like an artificial flower shop, but it's a gentle cover from your au naturale aroma. We are heating up for a sweltering summer, so anticipate your needs and stock up on this sweat stopper.

Thursday

The Mother of All Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

Eeeeek! Between getting ready for Memorial day and throwing back Derby juleps, you forgot it was Mother's day. Stop! Breathe! You aren't alone, but before you give yourself a timeout for being a bad girl, check out our last minute recommendations that your mom will love - and best part, you can snap them up in real stores, so she'll never know you forgot!

Mom on the Go:

Your mom's a busy lady so get her something that reflects her on the go life-style. We can't get enough of the It Cosmetics Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5-Piece Face & Eye Travel Brush Set $30. It's loaded with
brushes for every purpose, including great powder and eye shadow brushes and a liner brush can help get you ready in no time! 4 brushes to line, define, smoke out and blend. Plus the all-over complexion brush for all your basics from foundation to blush to illuminizer!

Fitness Mama:

Good thing about having a Lulu Lemon in every neighborhood is that you can pop in for a last minute gift you know she'll adore. We recommend the Define Jacket ($118) because it's super-flattering, easy to layer and comes in a variety of colors. As a bonus, Lulu's decorative and reusable bags mean you won't have to spend time and money on wrapping paper!

Mother Nature:

If you're looking to get mom flowers, know that you are going to get taxed with a tardy fee. Leave your wallet in tact by visiting the flower district. Make your way over to 28th street pick up some peonies, layer on the lavender and let them wrap it all up in pretty paper. You can't go wrong with a beautiful bouquet that express how you feel about your main mama.