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Real Glam Moms: “When you start feeling bored with your looks, get red involved”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Here’s the newest installment of the Parents beauty department series on mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

After adopting her first son, Elijah, six years ago, Kortni wanted a place to document her adoption and motherhood journey. Love is All You Need is now home to what she thinks is most valuable to her family so her kids “will have something tangible to connect them to their childhood. This vault of memories will make them very rich with love someday.” Today Kortni tells us all about her ever-changing beauty identity and her affinity for red.

How has your beauty routine changed since adopting Elijah (6) and Oliver (2)?

Before I adopted my boys, I thought I had to fit into one defining box of who am I, what kind of mom, friend, wife, writer, home decorator, clothes-wearer, picture taker and person I am—as if I had to choose only one.  Now instead of pushing myself toward one defining area, I’m accepting that it’s okay to be a hodgepodge mess of everything. After kids, my beauty routine changes daily. Some days, I am boho-chic-funky-mismatched-don’t-forget-the-hat-girl and others, hair up-messy-bun-and-high-heel-girl.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

Every mama has a quiet, built-in, “comes-with-the-package-of-parenting,” part of herself that sacrifices her needs when responsibility calls for it.  And while sacrificing and taking care of others before ourselves feels good and right, those feelings can only last so long before that inner self, that source from which we give, starts to wither, slowly taking with it our motivation, inspiration, contentment and patience.  The cardinal rule of flight should apply to the journey of motherhood as well. Put on your own oxygen mask before you assist someone else with theirs. In other words, you can’t be who others need you to be without taking care of yourself first.

I can live without my … Sephora classic red lipstick, flat iron, a slouchy beanie and mascara.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

When in doubt, less is more.

My beauty advice for moms is… When stuck in a monotonous routine or when you start feeling bored with your looks, get red involved—red shoes, red nail polish, red purse, red lipstick. Red is ordinary’s kryptonite, and it will add all the flare necessary to make your day feel a little more magical.

My celeb mom beauty icon is … Jessica Alba. Sister gets it.

How do you find time to focus on yourself, your blog and your family? 

I believe that every mom merits the title of Wonder Woman or Supahmom no matter what her capabilities are.  When they hand you your baby for the first time, they should also include a pair of those awesome red boots and maybe a magic lasso in your welcome to motherhood bag—because that is what we do. We take on the world when we become moms. We juggle time and perform these marvelous balancing stunts.  And we all do it differently with our own style and flare.  The best part about owning the title of mother is that we don’t have to be defined solely by it.  There is a framework of interests, dreams and passions that make us individuals who are strong enough to stand alone. I am also a wife. I read, I write, I pray.  I am a nature lover, a picture taker and a beauty maker.  I do my best to find the time to balance all of my individual interests throughout the day, and yet, there is nothing I would rather be defined by more than my children.

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10 Ways Parents Are Pretty Much Ninjas

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

These stealthy parenting moves look like something you’d find in a ninja handbook. Here’s how to tell if you’ve mastered the art:

1. You have all the right gadgets on hand. After all, you’ve stashed everything your child could ever want in your purse to avoid spontaneous midday meltdowns. 

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2. You’ve perfected the silent creep, so you can keep a watchful eye on your enemies… er, kids, at all times.

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3. You’re a master of deception and aren’t afraid to use these skills to gain a stolen moment of “me time.” 

[Sounds of shower running in the background, with kid banging on the bathroom door.] “I can’t hear you, honey! I’m washing my hair.”

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4. You possess superhuman speed, strength, and agility. But only when needed, of course. (Like that time your kid tried to take the family car out for a test drive.)

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5. Between toting around your child’s car seat, diaper bag, lovie, sippy cup, snacks, and more on the daily, you make this juggler look like an amateur.

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6. You know how to deal with the unexpected—and change a diaper just about anywhere.

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7. You use the same care and finesse to pick up your sleeping baby that a ninja would use to unarm a ticking bomb.

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8. You’re a regular escape artist. When you’re out in public and your tot throws an epic tantrum, you immediately identify the fastest way to make a graceful exit.

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9. And sometimes your exit strategy is less graceful than others… Hey, it’s okay—even ninjas have off days. 

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10. But you always get the job done. High five to that!

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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

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Real Glam Moms: “I think having time to feel pretty and put together puts me in the right mindset to be a better mom”

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

With the cold starting to set in, I’m starting to realize just how many sweaters I actually have (i.e. not enough). I’ve lived in Florida for the past four year, so my wardrobe has been more geared for the hottest days of New York winters. Meagan Rigney has given me major winter wardrobe inspiration. On her blog, Because of Jackie, Meagan shows off her love of personal style. “It also pushed me out of a style rut and forced me to think more about how I present myself,” she says. Well this mother of two (Molly, 6; Brady, 5) is pushing me out of mine, too! Today she tells us all about her argan oil obsession and spills some super-sized secrets.

Meagan Rigney

What is your beauty routine like?

It is fairly simple and streamlined at this point. I know what I like, and I can do it from start to finish in about five minutes. I moisturize with Josie Maran Argan Oil and Cetaphil sunscreen. Then  I add either Josie Maran’s foundation (It’s like a BB cream.) or bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation if I want more coverage. Then it’s just eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick or gloss. My hair is typically down and simple. Most days, I also wear a bright lip, which is my secret to looking like I tried way more than I actually did! Red and bright pink are my faves.

Did you wear makeup when you gave birth?

I did! I’m a big fan of going simple at that time because birth is messy business, but a little eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss can do a lot for you. There are so many pictures of this time in your life—why not look back and feel you looked great? I showered before my daughter was born and blow-dried my hair, and I’m so happy I did (mainly because it was my last one for quite a few days!). I say pack a little makeup bag in your hospital bag and some pretty pajamas. You will often have lots of visitors, and looking your best will go a long day to feeling better about yourself at this time.

 How did you learn to do your makeup?

 I still wonder if I really KNOW how to do makeup! I read a lot of fashion magazines as a teenager (I still do!), so most likely, I learned tips from magazines.

How has your beauty routine changed since you had Molly and Brady?

It has changed only in the sense that I often do my makeup and hair with two children sitting on the bathroom floor with me! I don’t have as much time to fuss, so I choose products that do a lot for me. Simple eyes (liner and mascara only), paired with a bright lip are my go-to look.

Have your children ever commented on your makeup or beauty routine?

My daughter loves all things girly, so she likes that mommy has pretty lipsticks. (I often leave a lipstick kiss on her hand when I drop her off at school!) I love that having a blog makes me try harder on my appearance and how I present myself because it shows my children that I am a person, too, and I deserve to be the best I can be. At this point, my kids probably assume that all mommies wear red lipstick at school drop offs, and think nothing of it.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

The simplest things are true: Wear sunscreen ALWAYS, exercise, drink water, and eat health foods. Also wear mascara if that is the only thing you can do. It instantly lifts your eyes!

My beauty advice for moms is… Take the time to make yourself feel good! I have been there with a newborn and a young toddler crying at my feet (it was crazy!), but it takes two minutes to wash your face, put on mascara and lipgloss, and to throw on a clean shirt and pants. After bedtime is always one of my favorites times of the day, when the kids are asleep and I can read for a few minutes or take that time to lay out something pretty to wear the next day. Sometimes a little pre-planning goes a long way, and it’s fairly easy to do!

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

I think having time to feel pretty and put together puts me in the right mindset to be a better mom. I am a woman first, and taking that five minutes (and a little prep time the night before on what I’m going to wear) sets me up to look and feel good about myself all day. I fell in the trap of letting myself go a bit after having my kids back to back, and taking that time to exercise, put on a little makeup, and dress nicely has made the biggest difference.

My celeb mom beauty icon is.. Jessica Alba. She always looks put together and stylish, yet I know she is a hands-on mom of two.

How much do you usually spend on beauty products a month?

Good question…probably too much! I invest in certain products that last me for a long time. Argan oil, Wen cleansing conditioner and Philosophy lotion comes in super sizes from QVC.com. All my other makeup comes for Ulta or the local grocery store.

I can live without  Josie Maran’s Argan Oil! It is great as a moisturizer, and I also use it on the ends of my hair before flat-ironing it. In the winter, I can put it on my kids’ faces, and now I find my husband begs for it as well! I love Wen cleansing conditioner for my hair. And shoot, I can’t forget my Philosophy Fresh Cream or Pure Grace lotion!

 My dream beauty product is … Something that would make my hair dry amazing with no styling tools or work on my part!

 BECAUSE OF JACKIE’S FAVES 

  • Urban Decay eyeliners: I feel most like myself with eyeliner on, typically either a dark brown or black on my lower lid only.
  • Mally mascara: It’s soft and doesn’t make my eyelashes feel spiky.
  • Josie Maran Argan Milk: It’s a serum I wear under her face oil to boost moisture and reduce lines.
  • Sebastian Potion No. 9: a  great, non sticky hair product that sorts of works as a zillion products in one.

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Real Glam Moms: “I take better care of my skin now than I did before I had children”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Liz Oh

After giving birth to her third child, Brayden, now 10 months, Liz Oh began reading blogs during “those long sleepless nights.” After realizing all the beauty and fashion bloggers she loved were much younger than her and didn’t have children, she decided to start Oh Truly Me. “I’ve always loved beauty and fashion and nothing has changed even when I became a mom to 3 at the age of 40,” Liz says. “So Oh Truly Me, was born out of my passion to share my love of beauty, fashion and a fun lifestyle from the perspective of a 40 year old mom.” This week, the mother of Siena (8), Ryan (6) and Brayden tells us all about her nighttime routine and why it’s no important to exfoliate.

What is your beauty routine like?

First of all, let me start out by saying…I LOVE beauty products. I exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week, to ensure my serums are actively working, and penetrating the targeted sites.

Here’s my nighttime routine:
1. I first use Shu Uemura cleansing oil to melt away the makeup from my workday
2. I follow up with Dermalogica essential cleansing gel. I believe in washing your face twice—especially after you’ve worn makeup just to make sure your face and pores are makeup-free.
3. I apply my Dermalogica antioxidant hydramist. This has been my toner of choice for years now.
4. My night serum that I apply is Skinceuticals B5 hydrating gel
5. The eye cream that I have been currently loving is SkinMedica TNS eye repair
6. My final step in my nightly beauty routine is to apply Neova night therapy
On certain nights, when I feel my skin is dehydrated, I opt for an overnight moisture mask or a Korean sheet facial mask.My friends laugh at how many products I use during my nighttime routine. But honestly, it takes 10 minutes or less to apply everything.

My morning routine:
1. Rinse my face with water only
2. Apply the same Dermalogica antioxidant hydramist toner
3. Apply Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum
4. Apply Dermalogica active moist – my daytime moisturizer
5. I never leave home without applying sunblock
6. Than I apply my makeup: YSL foundation, Anastasia brow powder, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick

How has your beauty routines changed since you had children?
I take better care of my skin now than I did before I had children. I just turned 40 last year, and I’m a firm believer in “aging well.” “Aging well” to me encompasses two things: feeding your body with the proper nutrients and using good products that will allow you to “age well.” I also never used to wear eyeshadow until three years ago. I’m more willing to experiment with different makeup options.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?
Having three kids, I don’t have the luxury to go to the spa frequently, so I have to improvise. My bathroom is my own personal spa. When I put the kids to sleep, I take a little time for myself to apply and enjoy all my beauty products. It is my way of unwinding. If I don’t take a little time for myself, I get burnt out.

Do you have any beauty advice for moms?
The best advice that was given to me: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Your skin will thank you for it! And don’t forget to exfoliate at least two to three times per week. Exfoliating helps our skincare products penetrate to the intended sight of action. On the flip side, over-exfoliating isn’t good for our skin either. It can cause more damage than benefit.

I can live without…
Mascara. The times I have forgotten to wear mascara, I felt something was missing, something looked off. Mascara just opens up your eyes and draws attention to it. When I do my makeup, mascara completes the look.

How much do you usually spend on beauty products a month?
I don’t usually buy beauty products on a monthly basis. But if I averaged my costs out for the year—per month—it would come out to about $130.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

OH TRULY ME’S FIVE FAVES
1. Naked eyeshadow palettes: I love all three Naked palettes. The shadows are highly pigmented, and the colors are gorgeous. You can create so many different looks with these palettes
2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer: Best under eye concealer that I’ve ever used. And you can’t beat the price point. It definitely brightens up those tired mommy eyes.
3. Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner: It stays on all day without smudging and has a perfect felt tip applicator that doesn’t dry out.
4. The beautyblender: Once you start using it, you can’t put your foundation on without it. The sponge creates a flawless, well-blended, natural look without the streak marks that brushes can sometimes leave behind.
5. YSL Touche Eclat: This is my favorite foundation. It is lightweight, illuminating and just the right amount of coverage.

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15 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Each month in Parents, we print the 27 truest words about parenting from our favorite bloggers. Our December issue features a quote from Kelcey Kintner at Mama Bird Diaries. Read her full blog post below. 

girl sticking her tongue out1. That children will have a preference between veggie sticks with holes at the end and no holes at the end.  Whichever they like, I didn’t buy.

2. Wondering why someone just created the word’s fastest hot tub (like you can actually drive it) but no one has created a machine for children that applies sunscreen and removes lice at the same time.

3. That I will be forced to hold my pee for 3 hours (despite taking others to the bathroom) because it seems too overwhelming and exhausting to figure out how to put my baby down and pee too.

4. That I will deeply long for naps.

5. That I will be asked a lot of questions about how things are built. I finally had to explain to my kid that I am not an engineer. He now has a lot of questions about engineers.

6. That my child will ask if I am still pregnant. I’m not.

7. That my child will ask me why I am wearing pajamas at the grocery store. I will explain they are formal yoga pants. I will swear my kid just said, “If that’s what you want to tell yourself” under her breath but I can’t confirm this.

8. That my baby can cry all night long and in the morning I will rush him to the pediatrician’s office and the doctor will confirm that it is absolutely nothing. Probably a gas bubble. Maybe teething.

9. That I will pay for entire season of soccer and my daughter will not place one cleat on the field.

10. That I will pay for entire session of swimming and another daughter will not place one foot in the pool.

11. That siblings can argue about absolutely anything. Like who gets to go first, even though they can’t remember first for what.

12. That I will be willing to pay almost any amount of money for direct flights to avoid a layover with 5 children.

13. That Junie B. Jones would get herself into so much dang trouble.

14. That I will yell at my children to stop yelling.

15. That people will keep telling me that I will blink and my kids will be grown. I know this is true but I also have not yet developed my Stop Time Super Powers so I don’t know what they want me do about it.

Take our quiz to find out your parenting style.

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Mom Confessions: Parenting Rules I Thought I'd Keep
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Real Glam Moms: “A Genuine Smile is the Best Thing You Can Put on Your Face”

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

Cassie Bustamante (Jalapeno Photography)

Meet Cassie Bustamante. She’s the face behind Primitive and Proper, your new go-to for all things vintage furniture, thrifting and interior decor ideas, and mom to Sawyer, 9; and Emerson,7. Cassie started blogging as a way to promote her furniture refinishing business, but now she helps run a vintage barn sale in Maryland.

What is your beauty routine like?

I keep things pretty quick and efficient.  After I shower, I moisturize and use an eye cream, then it’s under-eye concealer, a little blush, lip gloss, and mascara.  If I am going out, I will wear eyeshadow and eyeliner.

How has your beauty routines changed since you had children?

I stopped getting pedicures, manicures, the periodic facials, and I now spend much less time in the shower!

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

My life is so busy with my business, my family and my blog that I crave time just for me.  Most days I run or take my dogs for a hike, and the fresh air allows me to think, focus and decrease my stress.  And I always notice that stress takes a toll on my skin. Exercise and alone time keep my stress levels down, and keep my emotions in check.

The best beauty advice I’ve ever received is… A genuine smile is the best thing you can put on your face.

My beauty advice for moms is…  Those sweet little eyes look at you with nothing but love and see you as the most beautiful woman in the world—just as yourself—with no makeup on.  Remember not to judge yourself too harshly because those eyes are watching you and will start to judge, too, or doubt themselves.

Have your children ever commented on your makeup or beauty routine?

Ha! Yes, just last week we were headed off to get family photos taken, and Emmy had a little patch of dry skin on her chin, so I told her I wanted to put concealer on it.  She said, “Is that the makeup you put on your forehead to cover your zits?  Because you do have zits on your forehead.”

PRIMITIVE AND PROPER’S FIVE FAVES

Bare Ecentuals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor

1. Black Sparrow Soaps Dead Sea Mud Mask: This mask helps minimize my pores and keeps my skin feeling smooth.  It’s also locally made, and I prefer to buy local when I can!

2. Under eye concealer: I am not super picky about this, but I prefer it to come in a stick!  Since having kids, I find this to be an instant face lift!

3. Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion: It smells soft and subtly sweet and leaves my legs feeling smooth.  It’s also gentle enough to use on my children.

4. Eco Natural Soaps Blush in Pink Rose: This blush goes on beautifully and leaves me with the perfect glow.

5. Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Confidence: I love this lipstick! It applies much like a gloss and stays on like a stain, which is great for this low-maintenance mama!

For more beauty tips for busy moms, watch our video!

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Real Glam Moms: “Polishing your nails becomes much more sacred after having kids”

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Kate Bryan

Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children. 

For simple how-tos on all the cute hairstyles you see on Pinterest, Kate Bryan, of The Small Things, is your girl. And for chic mommy tips, Kate’s  still your girl. She’s mom to David, 10 months old, and she’s 5 months with her second. Today she chats with us about switching up her lipstick shades and her favorite nail polish.

What is your beauty routine like? 

I like taking time to do my hair and makeup in the morning, but I always stick to my usual, streamlined routine. I shower, throw my hair in a towel to encourage it to dry as I do my makeup, then blow dry, throw a few loose curls in it with a 1 1/4 barrel curling iron, and finish with some hairspray.

How has your beauty routine changed since you had David? 

My beauty routine hasn’t changed too dramatically. I wear more neutral shades of lipstick instead of bold colors since my days are more casual. I find myself going a day between washing my hair every once in awhile on days where I’m just cleaning up the house or running errands.

What is the importance of taking time to do yourself? 

Personally, I feel more awake and ready to take on the day when I start it with a shower. Even if it’s just a quick five-minute shower, it helps me feel like I’m intentionally getting ready for the day instead of lounging around in sweats.

My beauty advice for moms is…  to not give up entirely on your beauty routine! Even if it’s a swipe of mascara, taking the time to put a little bit of effort into yourself will always pay off. Also, find a long-wear nail polish that doesn’t chip. Polishing your nails becomes much more sacred after having kids, and nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to do so only to end up with a chip the next day!

Habit nail polish

THE SMALL THINGS’ FIVE FAVES

1. Shu Uemura eyelash curler: No lash curler comes close to how well this one works.

2. Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Flush is the perfect “your lips but better” shade.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer: Say goodbye to dark circles with this product. It covers better than any concealer I’ve used.

4. Tarte Best in Faux Lash Extending Fibers add bulk to even the wimpiest lashes.

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light is the perfect highlighter and even light eyeshadow shade for any skin color.

6. Habit Cosmetics nail polish in Sunset Boulevard: I love the grey blue shade for any season.

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