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New Peter Pan-Inspired Makeup: We’re Hooked!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

A believer in natural beauty, makeup artist (and mom) Petra Strand recently teamed up with The Walt Disney Co. to create her latest collection, PixiGlow. The idea behind the six-product color line was to capture the glowing, timeless look of Disney’s most iconic fairy, Tinker Bell. The result is something that will appeal to your grown-up sensibility and your inner child. Strand worked closely with Disney character artist John Quinn to re-invent Tinker Bell as a vintage-inspired beauty that graces the case of the Fairy Face Palette ($34). The kit includes five eye shadows, three blushes, and five lip creams that look good on everyone. Other standouts from the collection are the Magic Tink Tint ($16), a gel lip pencil that, once applied, delivers a pink hue perfectly matched to your lips, and the Pirouette Pink Nail Colour ($8), a bright pink nail polish with just a hint of shimmer. Available on now and in Target stores beginning in March, this magical makeup collection won’t be around forever, so be sure to check it out before—poof!—it’s gone.

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In Their Skin

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


I recently watched I’m Just Like You: Children With Psoriasis, a documentary that followed five families who are dealing with this skin condition. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when skin cells multiply up to ten times faster than normal, leaving those who are affected with painful, scaly lesions on their skin. Writer/director Fred Finkelstein–who’s had psoriasis his whole life–created the film to shine a light on the impact such an illness can have, specifically on young kids.

Before watching the film, I had no idea psoriasis was such a life-changing issue. I remember watching Kim Kardashian find out she had it during an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. I didn’t feel pity; I took her crying as an overreaction for obvious reasons (hello, spoiled celebrity!). But having the opportunity to follow young sufferers dealing with this disease daily really opened my eyes to how serious psoriasis really is. Every year, roughly 20,000 children under age 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis. The children in the film, although as young as age 6, were totally aware of the disease. They knew that one “great” week, where they had only one spot near their belly button, could drastically turn into one  where they’re dealing with a fever and a dozen spots. The children shared how they were struggling with psoriasis—how they would sometimes get made fun of at school and how annoying (and smelly) applying the topical treatments really were. Six-year-old Logan describes the condition this way: “It itches and my skin bleeds a lot.”

Another girl in the movie, a high school junior named Lauren, really surprised me. At first, Lauren was introduced to us as a daughter of a dad with psoriasis. Her father struggled with the disease and feared that his teenage daughter would one day develop it. Midway through the film we find out that she does have psoriasis–but Lauren handles it in a really admirable way. She spearheaded a psoriasis-awareness walk and regularly visits elementary schools to educate young kids on the issue. She’s the perfect example of how to make the best out of an unfortunate diagnosis.

To watch a trailer of the movie or to purchase a copy (there’s a suggested minimum donation of $20), click here. And for more information on psoriasis, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Image: Baby hand holding mother finger via Shutterstock.

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Shop For a Cure

Friday, October 21st, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but other forms of the disease still need our attention. That’s why Lancôme named October 21st Genes Day. For every sale made today of Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lancôme will donate $7 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Synonymous with treating pediatric cancer and other serious childhood diseases, St. Jude relies heavily on public contributions for its daily operating costs, which are in the millions of dollars. Every little bit helps, and this is one cause we know you care about.

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Win a ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Prize Package, and Skin Care Products!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

RockerAs they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it! The {beloved} Very Hungry Caterpillar brand has joined forces with Episencial Skin Care to bring you a truly spectacular chance to win big. From now until July 8, you can leave a comment on this post for the opportunity to win six outstanding items your little one is sure to go ga-ga for! Here’s a little background on both brands:

Eric Carle, one of the most celebrated children’s authors of all time, has taken the classic characters we all know and love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and propelled them into The World of Eric Carle— a new line of toys and art designed to foster learning, imagination and development in young children.

Sweet Dreams Bubble BathEpisencial is a top-notch, all natural, organic skincare system created specifically for the unique developing skin type of babies and kids. Plus, it’s planet-friendly, packaged in recycled and sustainable materials, and manufactured using solar power. How cool is that?!

Prize package includes:

A hardcover copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar- $21.99

Kids Preferred The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rocker- $120 (note: This item is pictured above and will not be available for purchase until July)

Oopsy Daisy The Very Hungry Caterpillar 14 x 14 Wall print – $69

Episencial Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath – $8.99

Episencial Protective Face Balm – $5.99

Episencial Soothing Cream – $10.99

Enter to win by posting a comment below by 11:59 EST on July 8, 2011. We will pick one lucky reader at random. Read the full rules here. And Goody Luck! UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

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Parents Blog Roundup

Friday, March 25th, 2011

From Daily Dose of Dahl: Thankful Tuesday

This blogger has a great list of all the things she’s thankful for.  What are you thankful for?

“Freshly brewed, unsweetened iced tea
Good morning snuggles from my munchkins.
Ice makers”

From Confessions of a Vi3tbabe: 2nd Time Around- A Birth Strong

I’m fascinated with birthing stories mainly because I like to know what’s in store for me in the future. The hours I watch of A Baby Story only better prepare me for the experience.

“Now the pain really got outta hand. It was about 5:00 am and I had to suffer through dreadful contractions and the constant urge to push for a few hours, with the nurses periodically checking up on me and seeing if I was ready.”

From Cece & Me: 10 Ways Cece Has Made Me a Better Person

Having a baby changes everything and many people say that it changes their outlook the most. Read about the ways baby Cece has made this mom a better person.

“3) I am past the superficial. Let’s face it – a postpartum body is not the most beautiful thing in the world. Normally, I would have never left the house looking that way, but now with Cece it isn’t about how I look, it is about her getting out, seeing the world and learning, so I have to get past all the superficial things, suck it up, and do it. She doesn’t care what I look like.”

From From Haircolor to Stilettos: New sheer pink blouse

Anh is a fashionable mommy and wife who isn’t afraid to share her outfits with the blogsphere. If only I could be this chic every day.

From Mommy Boots: Fighting in Front of the Kids: Never, or Sometimes Needed?

Is it better to never fight in front of your kids or let them see some healthy disagreement? This blogger contemplates the best atmosphere for her young children to grow up.

“I got to thinking about the different ways Josh and I were raised, and started wondering: what is the right way to go about handling things when you and your spouse/partner disagree and have children? Is it better to present a united front – a team – in front of your kids and save even a small argument for when you are alone, or is showing a little bit of disagreement every now and again okay…. And even healthy?”

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A Sweet Heart Braid for Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Your child will fall in love with this hairstyle, perfect for Valentine’s Day–a heart braid!

I came across this very sweet and unique braid in a new book, “Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair: The Cutest Cuts and Sweetest Hairstyles to Do at Home” by Cozy Friedman.  Cozy Friedman is the experienced hairstylist and owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids hair salons in New York City, salons that are just for kids.  As a mother of two, Cozy also has a line of hair products, So Cozy Hair Care for Children

Her book is a comprehensive guide to hair, with explainers on hair types to recommendations for hairstyling tools and products  to solutions for hair emergencies (gum, green hair, and lice).  There are also chapters devoted to everday and special occasion hairstyles.

The heart braid is perfect for girls with medium to long hair of different hair types–straight, wavy, or curly.  For moms who are experienced braiders, this hairstyle should take 15 minutes, and requires only combs, hair clips, and ponytail holders.  You can check out step-by-step instructions for creating the heart braid on Cozy’s site.   An upcoming slideshow on will also feature step-by-step instructions for creating another hairstyle, the Ballerina Chignon. 

Happy Heart Day!

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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 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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Make a (Beautiful) Difference

Monday, May 10th, 2010

A shocking statistic: One in every four women will suffer abuse at home at some point in their lives, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As women, and especially as moms, we need to stand up for one another. Cosmetics company Mary Kay is leading the way with their latest initiative: From now until September 15th, $1 from the sale of their Beauty That Counts crème lipsticks will be donated to the Mary Kay Foundation, which aims to put an end to domestic violence. The lipsticks come in pretty pink and red shades, go on creamy, and have a light vanilla flavor.  We think it’s more than a good reason to treat yourself to new makeup. To find out more, check out

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