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Real Glam Moms: “Retaining who you are and feeling good about yourself helps you be a better mom”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Megan Davey

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. 

Megan Davey runs Chasing Davies, a personal style blog. In between posts on outfits you’ll lust over, you’ll find adorable pics of her 9-month-old daughter, Nora, and 2-and-a-half year old son, Liam. We’re a bit obsessed with her bold lipstick picks in her Favorite Wears column, so she was a clear pick for RGM.

What is your beauty routine like?

As efficient as possible! Mornings are not my favorite, so I do whatever I can the night before—like shower. I go to bed with wet hair, and in the morning, it’s wild but dry. I fix it with a curling iron while applying my 5-minute makeup!

How has your beauty routines changed since you had your children?

Since becoming a mom, I have gotten more efficient and simpler. I wash may hair less (but it’s actually been good for it!), wear less makeup, typically just concentrate on one feature to accent and wear lipstick way more (easiest thing to apply to make a pop).

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

I’ve always been a person who likes to be busy! I have a strong capability for multitasking and love fulfilling my creative side, while being a mom, too. I could probably use a little more sleep, but for now, I’m making the most of every waking hour!

Do you have any beauty advice for moms?  

Don’t feel bad about taking some time for yourself, even if it’s only 5 minutes! Ultimately, retaining who you are and feeling good about yourself helps you be a better mom.

Nars lipstick

CHASING DAVIES’ FIVE FAVES

  1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener: This completely hides away those under eye bags and dark circles you get from lack of sleep.
  2. bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Three-in-one products are my favorite! This product is sunscreen, foundation and acts as concealer all in one.
  3. Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave: It’s the perfect orange-red lipstick that goes on smooth and lasts most of the day with just one application.
  4. Olay Regenerist Instant Fix Wrinkle Revolution Complex Primer: You can feel a difference in your skin right away, and it smooths fine lines quickly.
  5. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara: I mix up my mascara often, but this is my go-to time after time for thick, long lashes from one bottle.

 

 

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Real Glam Moms: “We all have those days where we skip getting ready completely”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Lauren and her daughter, Viola

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. 

Let’s be real: A little part of us all wishes we were Jackie O. Or maybe that’s just Lauren Bryan Knight and me.

A little part of us all should aspire to be Lauren, too! The Texas native not only runs Aspiring Kennedy and is a mom to her oh-so-cute 1-and-a-half year-old daughter, Viola, she gets to do it all while living in London. Her travel guides will fill you with wanderlust, and her food posts will make your stomach growl.

What is your beauty routine like?

My beauty routine is very casual. I have many of the same products that I’ve been using since college in my makeup bag today. After finding what works for my skin and face, it cuts out one less round of decision making. Plus my hair is really thick, so it limits the options: up or down; clean or dirty!

How has your beauty routines changed since you had your daughter?

I have definitely learned to embrace the top knot. I don’t have two hours to wash and straighten my hair like I used to. Every two weeks, I have someone that comes to my house and blows it out for me at 7:30 a.m. She only charges $40! It’s a splurge but one that keeps my hair from being permanently in a nest on the top of my head. It helps me look—and feel—a bit more professional.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

We all have those days where we skip getting ready completely. That’s life as a mom—someone who is self-employed or being in school. I think it’s important to be okay with that version of yourself. However, I think many moms feel a loss of self and pride when they have a baby. The time they used to spend getting ready is soaked up by a baby. Taking five minutes to pull yourself together helps maintain confidence and pushes you to remember that there is a world outside of your living room.

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

Well the truth is: I don’t! When life gets too busy, I neglect the blog. I don’t feel bad about it either. It’s supposed to serve as a complement to my life. I never want to be a slave to it. The time I used to spend meandering Pinterest and other blogs for inspiration are gone. When I sit down to blog these days, I blog and then I’m finished. It actually keeps my content more original because I’m thinking of it on the bus or in the shower. The ideas come from my thoughts, and not because of something I’ve just seen elsewhere.

The best beauty advice I’ve ever received is… stop washing your hair so often.

My beauty advice for moms is.. Spend a little more and invest in good products. You’ll use them, you’ll look better, and you’ll feel a bit more like a grown up, too.

 ASPIRING KENNEDY’S FIVE FAVES 

1. Bioderma Crealine H2O Makeup Remover: I buy this in France, and it’s literally like water on your faceexcept all your makeup is gone! No stingy eyes or oily gunk. It’s amazing.

YSL Mascara

2. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils: It’s expensive, but it’s worth it. Your lashes look amazing, and it smells so good. (Which is kind of weird, right?)

3.  Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation: Again, this feels like water going on, but the coverage is fantastic. Plus it has SPF, which is really important to me.

4. Susan Posnick COLORFLO mineral blush: I adore the Susan Posnick makeup line. All of the pieces are designed so smart, and the mineral foundation has amazing natural SPF. I love having the powder and brush combo. It’s one less thing to tote around and makes your face look flawless in pictures.

5. Bvlgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Shampoo and Shower Gel: If you’re ever staying at a hotel with these bath products, raid the maid’s cart. Or buy a big bottle at Nordstrom. Your whole house will smell gorgeous.

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New-Mom Makeovers: Choosing the Right Makeup for Your Skin Tone
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Real Glam Moms: “A good vibrant lipstick goes a long way!”

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Ayesha Curry

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. 

We don’t like to play favorites, but we have to admit something. RGM was inspired by this week’s mom and her quick makeup routine video.

In February 2013, Ayesha Curry created Little Lights of Mine. Through YouTube videos on recipes and family fun with her 2-year-old daughter Riley, she shares all she is thankful for as a stay-at-home mom. I discovered Ayesha back in April when I watched her Husband Tag video. I was less focused on her basketball star hubby, Stephen Curry, and more on her flawless lilac lipstick.

What is your beauty routine like?

I only buy products that I know I could use everyday if I wanted to. They have to be easy to apply and sort of effortless.

How has your routine changed since you had your daughter?

There was a short time where my routine was nonexistentthe newborn phase. The only thing I reached for was mascara. Now that she can occupy herself for a short period of time, I can get a nice natural makeup look on my face in under five minutes. So I guess my time to apply has changed significantly since having Riley.

What is the importance of taking time to yourself?

I think you just feel better about yourself! Of course we don’t need makeup all of the time, but it’s nice to feel fabulous every now and then.

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

It’s always a work in progress. We play around with our schedules to see what works best each week. No two days are ever the same. We love to plan family outings ahead of time and always set aside time for family dinner. Nap times are usually when my best blogging is accomplished. I’ve acquired the skill of multi-tasking since becoming a mommy. Oh the perks!

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

Wash your face before bedtime, and always wear sunscreen!

Do you have any beauty advice for moms?

A good vibrant lipstick goes a long way! Perfect for those days when you’re tired and don’t feel like doing much to your face.

The Honest Co. Healing Balm

LITTLE LIGHTS OF MINE’S FIVE FAVES 

1. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: I love a good strong brow! It’s my no. 1 go to.

2.  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Hands down, the best mascara I’ve used. It’s super easy to apply, and it lengthens and volumes like no other.

3. Coconut oil: It’s so multipurpose! I use it to remove makeup before washing my face, as a moisturizer, hair mask, and of course, to cook!

4. The Honest Co. Healing Balm: This works wonders on my lips and cuticles. I also use it during diaper changes for Riley when I notice a little redness. It vanishes within hours.

5. MAC lipstick: I love a vibrant lip! Red, orange pink! They just do it the best. My favorite colors right now are : Velvet Teddy, Chili, Pink Pigeon, and Morange.

 

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New-Mom Makeovers: Makeup Tricks to Not Look Tired
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Real Glam Moms: “Find what works for you, but don’t put yourself last on the to-do list!”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Real Glam Moms is a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each week, we 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. 

Kelsey B.

Pardon My French chronicles the adventures of Kelsey B. and her family of five in Alaska. She started blogging to help keep her family up to date with the life and times of Ace, 4, Pierce, 3,and Avalon, 16 months. Kelsey’s fashion picks are always spot on, so we knew her beauty picks would be too!

How has your beauty routine changed since you had children? 

I think after each child, my beauty routine was simplified. There is just not enough time to spend getting ready in the bathroom. I usually try to shower at night after the kids go to bed, that way my hair can air dry. Then the next day, it is ready for me to style or throw up in a top knot if I am pressed on time. My make up routine has definitely been streamlined to the essentials only.

What is the importance of taking time for yourself? 

For me, I know if I take the time to take care of myself, I feel better all around. A happy me equals a happy mommy!

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

It is all a juggling act, as I am sure most moms can relate. There are some days that things just work out, and I have time to shower or the kids take a nap and I can pound out a blog post. But there are many days that the circus comes to town in the house and I am making dinner in my pajamas that I have been in all day. There was no time for make up because I was picking Play-Doh out of the carpet. On those days, you just have to go with it. Bedtime will come eventually, and tomorrow is a new day.

The best beauty advice I have gotten was…  to take care of your skin. Moisturize! My mom drove home the importance of moisturizing and protecting my skin from a young age. Also drinking tons of water.

My beauty advice for moms is… Find what works for you, but don’t put yourself last on the to-do list! You will feel so much better if you start your day with a couple swipes of mascara and a dab of lipgloss!

PARDON MY FRENCH’S FIVE FAVES

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

  1. Egyptian Magic- This is my favorite skin cream. You can use it head to toe, but I use it primarily on my body.  It is oil-based, and you can just feel a difference in your skin right away.
  2. Laura Mercier Oil- Free Tinted Moisturizer- This give just enough coverage for a day of running errands and playing at the park. Because it has SPF in it, I feel ready for anything.
  3. Arcona Eye Serum- This is like a mommy secret weapon. You can feel it cooling under your eyes like it is sucking the under-eye bags away. I use it morning and night.
  4. Lucas Papaw Ointment- This is the best lip ointment I have found. It is great for the cold winters in Alaska. I have also used it to soothe bug bites and on very dry patches on mine or my kids’ skin.
  5. Make Up For Ever HD Blush- Cream blush is such an quick and easy way to add a little life to your face. This blush lasts a while, and it is so lightweight on your face.

 

 

 

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New-Mom Makeovers: Choosing the Right Makeup for Your Skin Tone
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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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Wanted: Beauty Product Testers

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Calling all beauty-loving moms on the go! We need your help.

For an upcoming issue, Parents is looking for moms to test out new “speedy” beauty products. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to parentsbeautydept@gmail.com by August 22, 2014 that includes the following information:

1. Name

2. Age of your child(ren)

3. E-mail address

4. Mailing address

5. Favorite type of beauty product

Important Notes

Sorry, but you are not eligible if you:

  • Are currently pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Live outside the U.S.
  • Receive mail at a P.O. Box

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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OPI Brings Back Popular Nail Polish

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

 

Have you been missing this minty shade? Well, you’re in luck.  “Damone Roberts 1968” is doing another limited engagement.

OPI first collaborated with eyebrow expert Damone Roberts in 2009. Roberts, who has sculpted the arches of some of our favorite celeb moms (Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow), used the color of the walls in his Beverly Hills and New York City salons as inspiration to create this perfect-for-summer polish.

You can purchase the highly coveted hue here for $20.

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Wanted: Beauty Product Testers!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

For an upcoming issue, Parents is looking for moms to test out new facial skin care products. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to parentsbeautydept@gmail.com by June 24, 2014 that includes the following information:

1. Name

2. Age of your child(ren)

3. E-mail address

4. Mailing address

Important Notes

Sorry, but you are not eligible if you:

  • Are currently pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Live outside the U.S.
  • Receive mail at a P.O. Box

 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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