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.

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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.


Monday

5-Minute Mood Makeover

You know that creeping irritation that pops up when you're in the slowest line at check out, then grows stronger as you're trapped behind slow walkers on the sidewalk, and eventually boils over into fiery rage when your seamless order fails to show up within the estimated timetable? Ahhhh, it's too overwhelming to manage! The good news is that there are a few quick tricks to decrease your frustration and regain your serenity.

1. Decrease your stress from the inside out
Ever hear of Cortisol - it's the stress hormone that floats around in your brain and contributes to weight gain, anxiety and depression. While it's presence is due to evolutionary factors (those healthy warnings to cavemen that dangerous wolves were afoot), we no longer need those intense internal alarms. The best way to hit the snooze button is with deep, belly breaths. Practice a 10-second breath (in through the nose for 4 seconds, and out through the mouth for 6), to decrease the Cortisol in your brain and help your body return to a calmer level of functioning. This technique is most effective if you practice during times of low stress, so you can easily draw on it when you're feeling taxed. Give it a try next time you're waiting in line at the supermarket, and the cashier decides it's more important to check instagram than check you out. 

2. Give yourself a physical pep-talk
Self-care is one of the most important ways to signal to yourself that you value yourself. A physical message of self-compassion can be absorbed into your psyche and allows you to forgive yourself for making mistakes instead of berating yourself for being human. A little bit of makeup can communicate that you are investing in your appearance - plus, brightening yourself up like a shiny penny to boost your self-image. Just in time for the warm weather, It Cosmetics makes a fun palette (with bronzer/blush/highlighter) to compliment all complexions for a sun-kissed look without any risk of sun damage. Their Confidence in Your Glow palette not only delivers a high-wattage glow, but improves the look and texture of your skin. Be kind to yourself and get your glow on. (For a limited time you can get 25% off a $30*)

3. Celebrate!
Find a reason to pay tribute to yourself. Seeking out gratitude and acknowledging it makes positive experiences more pleasurable and lets the effects last longer. Whether you caught 5 green lights in a row, or jumped over a sloshy puddle - give yourself a fist pump in the air, and kick off a celebration!



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How to minimize the effects of Day Light Savings

Daylight Savings Time means longer days and sunnier afternoons, but unfortunately it comes at the price of losing an hour of sleep. Sometimes this schedule shift can feel like a sleep hangover leaving you with tired eyes and dehydrated skin. Our friends always ask our favorite products to remedy this sleep injustice, so we've gathered four time saving skin savers to help you roll back the clock and wake with a jolt.

Bedroom eyes
When you lose that hour, nothing can perk up your peepers than some serious caffeine. It Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream is formulated with anti-aging ingredients including caffeine to reduce the look of puffiness. Give your complexion a buzz with this gentle hydrator that is clinically shown to leave skin refreshed and rejuvenated.

Spring ahead
Paula’s Choice will help you reverse dull and dry skin and restore skin’s glow and dewey appearance. The RESIST Brightening Essence into your daily routine for an instant brightening boost. Featuring two forms of hyaluronic acid, this lightweight fluid refines uneven skin tone and revitalizes a dull complexion.

Look Better Naked
In just 60 seconds philosophy purity made simple cleanser transforms dull, tired skin and gives it a luminous, spa-like glow. mineral-rich, deep-cleansing sea salts help naturally purify and detoxify while marine extracts and vitamin e help smooth the look of skin. The result is visibly healthier, softer skin after just one use.

How to Make This Valentine's Day Unforgettable

Whether you’re getting glam for a night with your special guy, or having a date night with your bestie, we’ve got some Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) must-haves to ensure a night of confidence and beauty. While we can’t guarantee a goodnight kiss, we can promise a flawless face will contribute to an unforgettable night.

1. Complexion PerfectionIt Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush $24
This award-winning Bye Bye Pores™ formula is infused with optical-blurring pigments which instantly diffuse the look of pores and discoloration! It’s filled with skin-loving ingredients like anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides which will give you a youthful flush. One quick swipe of this talc-free formula will make your heart skip a beat!

This ultra-hydrating formula locks in moisture and reacts with the warmth of your lips to create your perfect flush of color!

Let your hands do the talking with a lovely lacquer that nourishes your nails. Beauty and nourishment – we’re in. This Color Therapy nail polish collection contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail.

4. Seductions Starts with the Eyes: Eylure Lashes $5
Short, light and sweet, these Natural lashes give slight fullness for the perfect Valentine’s Day look.The Naturals No. 031 lashes are a loosely woven, compact lash with a soft, even finish. Eylure strip lashes enhance the natural beauty of your eyes and can be applied with ease. With a natural feel, the lashes contour the eye perfectly and are long lasting.

For more wellness guidance or for therapy info, visit: LindsayLibenWellness.com


Wednesday

How to Warm Away Winter Woes

These dreadfully cold days can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. To warm away the winter woes start from the inside out then. Begin by identifying activities that bring you joy. Keep a list and grow the inventory on a daily basis.

STEP 1: Make it exhaustive, add everything from the plump puppies in a pet shop window (we know adopt, don’t shop!), to sparkly subway tile. 

STEP 2: Look at the list daily. Continually remind yourself of these mood-boosting items, and keep adding to the inventory each day. 

STEP 3: Take care of yourself. Self-care can have lasting benefits in your happiness register. A fun experiment we tried was adding a new beauty product into our routine to add a tiny tweak to our outward experience. What better a product then Confidence in a Compact!? This first-ever solid serum foundation from It Cosmetics combines the skincare benefits of serum with pigments and SPF 50+ for full coverage. Stretch your dollar further because the compact will always deliver the freshest, most hydrating results every time and won’t dry out. We loved it because it synthesizes all the amazing skin nourishment of a moisturizer, serum and anti-aging product to transform your skin!

STEP 4: Give yourself permission to indulge in healthy activities and stay attuned to your emotional state.

For more wellness guidance or for therapy info, visit: LindsayLibenWellness.com


Why you shouldn't try to have it all in the New Year

Did you know making resolutions to work out daily, achieve a rewarding career, and succeed in meaningful relationships, may be setting you up for a year of anxiety and disappointment. Sure, achieving those resolutions sounds appealing, but trying to have it all is a fool's errand. Not that we're suggesting your incapable or undeserving, but these acts are fraught with excessive pressure. You are essentially giving yourself a pass to convert these perfectionistic expectations into reality.

Through a barrage of external messages, and maybe a few too many reruns of Sex and the City, we have confused the myth of "having it all" with an actual possibility. We accept the idea that we should be able to fulfill all of our lofty expectations, because there so many opportunities at our perfectly manicured fingertips. Unfortunately, when dealing with shoulds, you are usually served a side dish of guilt and anxiety. We get laser focused on satisfying these insatiable demands, that we distort our sense of reality. We are left feeling like we are always falling a little bit short, or slightly inadequate.

Let's get a few things straight. First off, there is no one out there living a perfect life. That person who seems like she has it all together, is still human. Just because you are not aware of her challenges does not mean she is immune to hardship. Humans are multifaceted, so keep in mind that just because one side of the gemstone looks glossy, doesn't mean the other sides are without flaws.

Second, people who seem the most successful are working really hard for it. We're obviously not suggesting that natural talent doesn't exist, but even the strongest acorn won't grow into an oak tree without a nourishing environment. Figure out what you do well and run with it. Use your talents to set yourself apart, and then work hard to fill in the rest. There is no such thing as an overnight success, so stop wasting time envying your ass-kicking colleagues, and get to work.

That being said, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so by comparing yourself to a prosperous counterpart, you are setting yourself up for despair. Even if she is well-adjusted and self-actualized, it does not mean you would feel the same way if you followed her exact journey. People get their needs met in different ways, so even if you checked off the same boxes on her satisfaction check list, you still wouldn't feel equally as fulfilled.

So the bottom line is this, perfection does not exist. Instead of trying to have it all this year, how about giving yourself permission to be enough? Focus on strengthening your sense of self, and gratifying your authentic needs, and you'll see the emergence of a genuine happiness which will make 2017 one of your bests.

Friday

How to Increase Your Happiness in 7 Days

One of the best ways to increase your satisfaction in life is to increase your gratitude. According to the Harvard health publication, "gratitude helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power." By raising your awareness of what you are grateful for, you will actually improve your optimism and happiness.

To see if it works for you, begin creating a gratitude inventory in your life. Each day recognize one emotional and one material (think person, place or thing) source of gratitude and see if you notice any improvement on your happiness scales.

To let you know what's been going on in our world, check out our sources of gratitude:


Emotional: feeling happy about the surprisingly warm weather in New York this week. We went for outside jobs in the neighborhood and enjoyed Culture frozen yogurt – a favorite summertime treat.

Material: I've loved the new addition to my beauty regimen, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. It's a non-greasy moisturizer that nourishes skin while fortifying it with collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants. After using it for three days I noticed my complexion improving, some of my fine lines were fading away and my skin looked more even.

I also enjoyed thir soft and durable it brushes for Ulta, All That Glitters Brush Set. It comes in a sparkly fresh case and is packed with five luxe, cruelty-free plush crushes. My regular finishing powder had an airbrushed finish and was more evenly distributed - happiness!!


One last tip, and easy way to improve happiness is to give to others. So if you have something material you enjoy, share it with a friend – or in the spirit of the upcoming season, give it as a gift!
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