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The Hottest Hair Trend for Holiday 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

We’re guessing Frozen has something to do with it: Braids continue to reign supreme! We love this trend for girls big and small because braids look fancier than ponytails, but work just as well to keep the hair off your face. And even if you don’t have a lot of length, you can still find a style that works. Take, for example, this short and sweet look shown on Stroller in the City mommy blogger Brianne Manz’s 3-year-old daughter, Siella. I met both of them when I hosted the Johnson’s No More Tangles Seasonal Celebrations Hair Workshop .

Need more inspiration? The beauty feature in the December 2014 issue of Parents is dedicated to fairy-tale-inspired hairstyles with a grown-up twist, including this one we’re calling The Spellbinding Side Braid. It’s a french braid on top and a fishtail on the bottom. Sounds complicated, but our associate photo editor (and resident hair model), Michele, will help you get a handle on it with this video. Cheers to gorgeous holiday hair!

Get Fairytale Hair: How to Do a French and Fishtail Braid
Get Fairytale Hair: How to Do a French and Fishtail Braid
Get Fairytale Hair: How to Do a French and Fishtail Braid

Young woman with beautiful hairstyle, isolated on white via shuttershock.com

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The 6 Beauty Products That Saved Me This Summer

Friday, August 29th, 2014

With summer winding down (major sigh), I decided to take stock of the beauty products that became my seasonal staples for looking and feeling good with minimal effort. Sunscreen’s a given, but there were a few exceptional new finds, so I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash and Moisturizer

I suffer from heat-induced eczema, which means I get an itchy, red rash all over (but mostly on my legs) when my skin is dehydrated. Uncomfortable, and not a cute look. I switched to this body wash and its accompanying moisturizer, and wow, what a relief.  Both are formulated with ceramides, molecules that are naturally found in skin to help it retain moisture.

2. Sonia Kashuk Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm in Enchanted 

Some days this is the only makeup I’d wear—just on my lips—and more than one co-worker commented that the bright pop of fuchsia completely woke up my face.

 

 

3. Andis Fold N Go Ionic Dryer

I first experienced the perks of this small but powerful dryer in Puerto Rico, where my hair usually becomes a frizzy mess. I think the water had something to do with it, but my hair has never dried shinier, sleeker—or faster!— in a tropical environment. I now use this dryer at home in New York City, and it’s cut down my styling time significantly. And because it’s so compact and has a retractable cord, it doesn’t take up a ton of space in my bathroom cabinet.

 

4. Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive 

If you read #1, you already know I have sensitive skin, and this razor helped me stay stubble-free with zero irritation. Its five blades are placed closer together so there’s less pressure on your skin.

 

5. And last but not least, eyelash extensions.

Yes, they’re a splurge but totally worth it in my opinion. Especially in the summer, because it saves you from the smudgy mess of mascara. It makes you look “done” without having to do much of anything. My lash expert of choice is Marley at Damone Roberts. She gives me that natural, “I woke up like this” look. And I did!

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

 

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Beauty Products That Help You Beat the Heat

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

To help you kick off the unofficial start of summer in style, we combed the aisles to find affordable new skin, hair, and makeup products that stand up to soaring temperatures.

Refreshing Skin Finds

For Body:

Caress Body Wash in Juicy Escape ($5; soap.com) 

Güd From Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes in Red Ruby Groovy ($3 for a pack of ten; gudhappens.com)

Degree MotionSense in Berry Cool ($3.50, walgreens.com) 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen with Cell-Ox Shield XL ($36; laroche-posay.us) 

Alba Botanica Very Emollient After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel ($8; albabotanica.com)

 

For Face:

Tarte Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers ($10; ulta.com)

Coppertone ClearlySheer For Sunny Days Face Lotion ($9; drugstore.com)

Eye Makeup That Doesn’t Melt

Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer ($5; walmart.com)

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Exotic. ($7; revlon.com) 

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio Nude Looks Collection ($12; physiciansformula.com)

When you’re ready to take everything off: Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($14; sephora.com) 

Hot-Weather Hair Solutions

Gives you the look of shorter hair in minutes: Conair The Perfect Bob ($4; folica.com) 

 

To give an ordinary ponytail more oomph: Limited-Edition Remington Headband ($5, Walmart stores). For a beachy-looking finish: Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Texture Spray ($13; target.com)

Maintains your hair and scalp’s proper moisture balance: Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Deep Hydrating Treatment Mask ($6; amazon.com) 

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Wanted: Beauty Product Testers!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

For an upcoming issue, Parents is looking for moms with children under the age of 10 to test out new beauty products in the following categories: facial skin care, body skin care, hair, and makeup. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to parentsbeauty@gmail.com by January 7th, 2013 that includes the following information:

1. Name
2. E-mail address
3. Mailing address
4. Your hair type (curly, wavy, straight)
5. Do you color your hair? (highlights count!)
6. Would you be willing to color your hair at home?
7. Do you have stretch marks?
8. Do you wear body sunscreen on a daily basis?
9. Please refer to the chart below and list the number that most closely matches your skin tone.

Note: You cannot be allergic to ingredients commonly found in cosmetics (i.e. fragrance), and must be willing to test products that don’t promote themselves as “natural” or “organic.”

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Date-Night Makeovers!

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Want to look fabulous for your next date night? Could your significant other use some help in the hair and wardrobe department too? Parents is looking for couples with kids who live in the tri-state area who are up for a major change. We’d need you in NYC for a full day during the week in late March. Interested? Then send an e-mail to tracy.perez@meredith.com by 3/11/11 that includes the following:

* A recent picture of the two of you that demonstrates your need for a makeover (along with a short written description).
* Your ages, as well as the age of your children
* Your city and state

Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Mom Holiday Makeovers!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

If you’re a mom who lives in the NYC metro area and are interested in getting a makeover for the holidays (yes, we’re planning winter already!), please e-mail a recent photo to tracy.perez@meredith.com by July 21st, 2010. Include your age, your children’s ages, and your city/state. Wish we could have women from across the country participate! Maybe someday.

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Beauty Secrets Revealed!

Friday, June 18th, 2010

ss_101273072We’re always curious to know the beauty secrets of busy moms like you. Leave your responses to these questions below or e-mail tracy.perez@meredith.com by June 23, 2010, and your quote could appear in a future issue of Parents!

1. What’s the most unusual beauty use you’ve found for a household item (cosmetic or otherwise)? For example, have you ever used a #2 pencil to fill in your brows?

2. How far will you go when it comes to primping in public? Are we talking a full-on makeup application or do you stop at a lip gloss touch-up?

3. What is your “can’t leave home without” beauty product and why?

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Urgent: New NYC-Area Moms Needed for Makeover Story!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

American Baby magazine is looking for African American women ages 23-33 in the Tri-State area who had a baby in the last year and want a new look! We’ll need you for the whole day on June 7th, 2010 and respectfully ask that you arrange for a full day of child care. Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff (who works with Alicia Keys) will be doing the makeup!

Here’s what we need from you in advance of the shoot:

  • A recent photo
  • The age of your child (ren)
  • A few sentences about why you want a makeover
  • Your cell phone number
  • Your T-shirt size
  • You must be willing to get your hair cut

If interested, please send the above info to tracy.perez@meredith.com by June 2, 2010.

Thank you!

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